Apparently it’s easy to modify the Quest 2 with prescription lenses

VR is increasingly user-friendly and has gone from being an incredibly niche hobby to reaching people’s homes. With options like Oculus Quest 2 (opens in new tab), VR is now wireless and does not require a computer or previously positioned base stations to use. There are far fewer limits to VR than there were previously, but one continued to hamper the experience for me.

My eyesight is incredibly poor. Fortunately it’s still quite rectifiable with glasses, but the lenses are thicker than the ocean – I’m talking seven Cs thiccccccc. They don’t work well with VR headsets and are always difficult to wear underneath. Also, they get absolutely ruined with scratches.

Buyable headphone mods have always been very expensive and not always available on what I needed. Also, my partner also wears glasses, so we would need at least two different types. At that price, it was much cheaper for me to just buy the lightest pair of glasses I could find and have them as a designated VR pair. It’s still not a comfortable or elegant solution, which is why I’m so excited about this great mod discovered by hackaday.

Eyewear-wearing fellow VR enthusiasts rejoice, because modifying your Oculus-branded VR headset with prescription lenses is a lot easier than you think. These Tanvach 3D Printable Lens Adapters are designed to fit directly into an Oculus Quest, Quest 2 or Rift S headset.

You can get print files from Thingiverse (opens in new tab) as well as further instructions on how to modify your device. There are two websites listed for purchasing the lens adapters, but at the time of writing very good 3d (opens in new tab) the link is not working and Etsy says it’s out of stock (opens in new tab). That’s fair enough, as this print is actually from 2019. Still, it might be worth going back a little later or finding a 3D print location if you don’t have access to a printer of your own.

They are also specially designed to meet these very affordable prices. Zenni Round Glasses 550021 Lenses (opens in 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 also have to shell out more for the thinner lenses. The site ships worldwide, plus a few locations, so this isn’t just a hack for those in the US.

If you’re looking for other ways to improve your Oculus experience, it’s worth looking into accessories like the Elite Strap That Can Really Help (opens in new tab). There are also software tools available, like this mod that lets you boot Direct Quest on SteamVR (opens in new tab).

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