Is VR Bad For Your Eyes?

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So either you already have a VR headset and are concerned about your eyes or maybe you’re thinking about getting one, but need to do some research before jumping into the world of VR.

I personally enjoy VR, but I asked the same question before, “Is VR bad for your eyes?” You only get one pair of eyes, so it’s probably a good idea to do some research on ways you can protect them to prevent possible irreversible damage.

So let’s get right into it!

It’s All About Getting Even

It’s all about how long you do your VR activities and common sense. It’s known that computers and phones can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, issues with long distance focusing, dry eyes, and headaches.

So if you’re using a VR headset, or a monitor duct taped to your face if you made your own homemade one, it’s probably a good idea to limit your VR usage.

Now I don’t know about you, but I’m no optometrist so if you have some eye conditions just go and ask your doctor because I’m not an expert. I’m just a gamer & tech enthusiast who reviews computer technology and writes tips to help people, okay?

How Long Should I Limit My VR Usage?

Although it depends on the individual, you probably should only be using a VR headset for 20-30 minutes before taking a break. But take that time with a grain of salt because it could vary.

For example if you start to feel uncomfortable within a span of a couple minutes, then it’s probably a good idea to take the headset off.

In addition, there are different kinds of VR headsets out there that have screens taking different forms of brightness, contrast, blue light, etc. Which can add even more confusion to the equation, so it’s really up to you. Choose wisely!

Age Could Make a Difference

We aren’t exactly sure of the effects VR has on younger people, but as of now companies like Oculus recommend VR for 13+ just to be safe. It will only take a matter of time before we know what ages VR is most suitable for.

While some people think that VR could be bad during the development for the minds and eyes of children, it hasn’t been proven yet due to insufficient data.

Let the Studies Continue

All in all, more studies need to be conducted because we aren’t fully aware of the effects VR could have. But we can use common sense like putting a VR screen up to your eyes for prolonged periods of time is probably not so good for them. (Notice I said with prolonged periods of time!)

But when you think about it, looking at a smartphone isn’t all that good either. Am I still going to use VR? Of course, but I’m going to use it to an extent at my own expense.

It’s strange because there’s a lot of people who are actually experts at this that say it’s completely fine, then there are others that say it isn’t fine because it could affect your hand and eye coordination, brain neuron confusion, myopia & retinal damage, etc

But you got to remember, with cons comes pros too. There are ways VR could benefit your eyes too. For example, they could help your eyes focus better and possibly help treat lazy eye.

Again, this is a really confusing subject because it can take some time before we know the answer due to all the insufficient data.

What I Think

I personally think it’s fine as long as I’m not overdoing it. In my opinion, it’s sort of like looking at your phone, so you may get the same side effects that we already know of from looking at your phone too much like headaches and dry eye.

If I’m fine with looking at a regular computer screen what big difference is it to look at a VR screen other than it being closer of course, but the myth of “sitting too close to the TV and damaging your eyes” hasn’t been shown to damage your eyes so I think I’ll be fine.

That’s just my educated guess though based on the current information we have.

Sorry if this wasn’t the answer you were looking for, but there just isn’t very much data out there yet, so I’m going to have to leave it up to you to make that call because I don’t know everything.

As always, be sure to leave any comments down below to let me know what you think about this post and happy gaming!


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