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Virtual Reality and your eyes: Are VR glasses bad for your eyes?

Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology that allows you to transport yourself into a completely different world. A virtual world that offers all kinds of different unique experiences. It is a very interesting technology and you can do all sorts of things with it. But many people wonder: are VR glasses bad for your eyes? In this blog we dive into the technology behind VR glasses and discuss the possible effects of Virtual Reality on your eyes.

How VR glasses work

Before we discuss whether VR glasses are harmful to your eyes, it is important to understand how VR glasses work. VR glasses place a screen close to your eyes and simulate a three-dimensional environment, giving you the feeling that you are in a virtual world.

The resolution and quality of the screen play an important role in this experience. Modern VR glasses usually have high-resolution displays that deliver sharp and detailed images. Many VR glasses also come with with lenses that focus the images better, making the view in the virtual environment appear more natural.

Can VR glasses be harmful to your eyes?

There are many discussions about the possible harmful effects of VR on your vision. Let's take a look at some key points raised in those discussions:

  • 1. Eye strain
  • Wearing VR glasses for a long time can cause eye strain, this is a similar effect with of working behind a computer screen for a long time. This can lead to symptoms such as dry eyes, blurred vision, irritated eyes and headaches. It is important to take regular breaks while using VR glasses to rest your eyes.

  • 2. Accommodation problems
  • VR glasses simulate a sharp image at a fixed distance, which can lead to accommodation problems. When your eyes have to focus on an image presented at a constant distance for a long time, they can have trouble adjusting when you look at the real world again. This can cause temporary visual adjustment problems, but there is no evidence that it causes permanent damage.

  • 3. Radiation and blue light
  • Some people are concerned about the radiation and blue light emitted by VR glasses. However, modern VR glasses are designed with with safety in mind and comply with applicable standards and guidelines. It is important to buy your VR glasses from manufacturers who have thoroughly studied this and who follow the instructions for safe use.

  • 4. Underlying eye problems
  • If you already have eye problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or other conditions, overuse of VR glasses can worsen symptoms. In this case, it is never wrong to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist before using VR glasses to reduce any risks.

How can you protect your eyes while using VR glasses?

While there are some potential risks associated with using VR glasses, there are also steps you can take to protect your eyes:

  • 1. Take regular breaks
  • Give your eyes regular rest by taking breaks during extended use of VR glasses. Look away from the screen and Focus your gaze at objects in the real world to relax your eyes.

  • 2. Adjust the settings
  • Many VR glasses offer settings for brightness, contrast and sharpness. Adjust these settings so that the image is comfortable for your eyes. For example, you can lower the brightness a little, which will be easier on your eyes.

  • 3. Provide good lighting
  • Make sure the room you play VR in is well lit. Too much or too little light can be taxing on your eyes. A well-lit room helps your eyes to focus better and reduces strain.

  • 4. Wear the glasses correctly
  • Make sure you wear the VR glasses correctly according to the instructions that come with the glasses. Well-fitting glasses ensure a comfortable and optimal viewing experience.

What can we conclude?

Although there is some concern about the possible effects of VR on your eyes, there is no evidence yet that using VR glasses is harmful to your eyes in the long term. You must use with your VR glasses wisely and ensure that you follow the tips we have mentioned above. So take regular breaks and adjust the image settings. If you have existing eye problems, it is wise to seek advice from an ophthalmologist before using VR glasses.

By taking these precautions and being conscious about with using VR glasses, you can fully enjoy your glasses without worrying about possible damage to your eyes.

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Diederik Hermsen- XR Product Specialist

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