Virtual Reality Headsets Can Damage Eyesight - A Developer Warns!

While of course, Virtual Reality headsets are becoming more and more popular with the evolution of artificial reality, a software developer in UK has opposed using it because according to him, if a person keeps the VR headset on for hours every day, he or she may end up damaging their eyesight.

This is not his theory, but in fact, a practical experience as after a regular eye check-up, his eye doctor blamed the VR headset, which the developer owned and kept using for a quite a while, for the new problem in his vision.

The virtual reality developer, Danny Bittman shared his incident on Twitter and ever since his tweet, a lot of different objections have come out.

The Association of Optometrists has openly stated that they still couldn’t see anything in VR headsets that can potentially affect the eyesight of the person using them. However, on the other hand, Facebook-owned Oculus came out clear in their handbook that one out of 4,000 people may suffer from dizziness, seizures, eye or muscle twitching. The guidebook also stated that in case such a condition happens with a user, they should stop using the headset and see the doctor on an urgent basis.

Doctors have always been against the VR headsets as they believe it can put more stress on the eye because the process involves the brain to force visual stimuli in a rather different way than with normal computers. But as people became more crazy about the technology instead of focusing on the after-effects, later users began to complain about nausea and dizziness.

As one case has been Danny Bittman, he now has a new eye convergence problem that acts like dyslexia. Furthermore while explaining his problem he also said that his eyes jump when he tries to read anything written on a screen or book. This problem in his vision was small but after being a part of the virtual reality world as a developer for four years and wearing the headset for almost six hours a day, the problem is greatly intensified now. In fact, that is not all as this is also linked to headaches and vertigo.

Is The Virtual Reality Industry Ready To Cop Up With The Challenge?

In the last couple of years, fortunately for the fans, VR headsets have been improvised to come prepared with solutions related to eyesight problems.

There is already one well-known start-up called GiveVision that has created a device called SightPlus which promises to restore the vision of people whose eyesight may have deteriorated beyond repair all by projecting a video of the real world right in the integral part of the retina.

Moreover, there has also been a clinical trial at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the results showed it improved eyesight in 59 of the 60 participants. But nearly half of them said they would still like to wear the device for watching TV, reading or going to the theatre. The firm is also in plans of joining hands with Sony to develop the next device.

Just like every other technology, there are drawbacks and solving this would just be a matter of time.

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