Oculus Rift Solution for Glasses2 min read

Wearing glasses with your VR headset can be incredibly uncomfortable, enough to make some users find it difficult to keep playing. Then there is always the risk that your glasses will scratch your VR lenses, which is obviously way worse.

Shockingly, even though roughly 2/3 people wear glasses, Oculus does not offer a prescription lens insert. Other companies do, and while they are high quality and available to anyone, they can be a little pricey.

For a professional grade option, I recommend VR Lens Lab.  They currently have options for Oculus, Vive, and Playstation.

If you do want to save some money, and have access to a 3D printer*, below I’ve shared another great option for you. The option below saved me about $60, check it out!

*Your local public library or college may have public access to a 3D printer you could use, just ask around your community, maybe a local tech shop.

You will need:

  1. (Free) Your prescription from your eye doctor
  2. ($12-20) New Lenses from Zenni Optical
  3. (Free) 3D frame model – choose from the options below
  4. (~$3-5) Access to a 3D printer (you don’t have to own it)

Models to choose from:

This is the version I tested and currently use. It is functional, though if I have to change the lenses in and out to let someone else play, it can be quite the pain. The nice thing is you can use the same lenses either way, and the fames are incredibly inexpensive.

(Do not forget to sand down the sharp edges)

When testing this version the geometry did not line up well. It would be nice to have this version working, as it would make swapping lenses out easier, however until it is updated and functional I do not recommend it.

 

Recap

I spent roughly $20 on my set of lenses and frame, which is totally worth the time I spent putting this together. 

Again, if you do not have a 3D printer, VR Lens Lab is a great option, they do good reliable work, otherwise, give this a shot. You will not be disappointed!

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