Virtual reality is becoming more user-friendly and has gone from an incredibly niche hobby to making its way into homes. With options like Oculus Quest 2 (opens in a new tab), virtual reality is now wireless and does not require a computer or previously positioned base stations to use. There are far fewer limitations to VR than before, but one continued to hamper the experience for me.
My eyesight is incredibly bad. Luckily, it’s still fairly grindable with glasses, but the lenses are thicker than the ocean – I’m talking about seven Cs thiccccccc. They don’t work well with VR headsets and are still difficult to wear underneath. In addition, they are completely ruined by scratches.
Purchasable mods for helmets were always too expensive and not always available in what I needed. Also my partner is also bespectacled so we would need at least two different types. At this price, it was much cheaper for me to just buy the lightest pair of glasses I could find and have them as my designated VR pair. Still not a comfortable or stylish solution which is why I’m so happy with this great mod spotted by Hackaday.
Fellow eyewear enthusiasts wearing VR glasses rejoice, because it turns out that retrofitting your Oculus-branded VR headset with prescription lenses is a lot easier than you might think. These 3D printable lens adapters from Tanvach are designed to fit directly into an Oculus Quest, Quest 2 or Rift S headset.
You can retrieve print files from Thingivers (opens in a new tab) as well as additional instructions on how to modify your device. There are two sites listed to buy the lens adapters, but at the time of writing the prettybonne3d (opens in a new tab) the link does not work and Etsy says it’s out of stock (opens in a new tab). That’s fair enough considering this print actually dates back to 2019. Still, it might be worth coming back a bit later or finding a 3D printing location if you don’t have access to your own printer.
They are also specially designed to fit these very economical Zenni 550021 Round Glasses Lenses (opens in a new tab) at $10. Tanvach also recommends getting the anti-reflective coating which will cost you an extra $5, and if you’re like me, you might have to shell out extra for the thinner lenses as well. The site ships worldwide outside of a few locations, so it’s not just a hack for those in the US.
If you’re looking for more ways to enhance your Oculus experience, it’s worth looking into accessories like the Elite Strap that can really help (opens in a new tab). There are also software tools available, like this mod that allows you to start the Quest directly in SteamVR (opens in a new tab).