Apple Vision Pro does not support people wearing glasses with the device

Users will need to set their glasses aside and rely on the Zeiss custom inserts.


Apple has just announced its Vision Pro, a virtual reality and augmented reality headset that looks to eke out space in the XR industry. While a lot of online talk has focused on the price, one additional thing to note is that it does not support the use of glasses at the same time. Users will need to remove their spectacles before donning Apple’s brand new HMD.

A woman wears an Apple Vision Pro with no glasses

Source: Apple

On June 5, 2023, Scott Stein of CNET reported in his hands-on of the Apple Vision Pro that the device does not support glasses. Stein wrote:

I couldn't wear my glasses during the demo. Apple's headset does not support glasses, instead relying on Zeiss custom inserts to correct wearers' vision.

That second part, about Zeiss custom inserts, is also of note. Though no price point has been given, the lenses are at least one way for users to see the micro-OLED displays clearly.

There’s still more we don’t quite know about the Apple Vision Pro, like its field-of-view and to what extent there is support of video games. Sure, there will be over 100 Apple Arcade games at launch, but those in the gaming sphere are no doubt curious whether or not the Vision Pro will look to replace their current VR HMD.

What we do know so far is that the Apple Vision Pro will start at a $3,499 USD price point and will begin shipping in 2024. Additionally, users seem to be quite impressed with watching movies through the device.

In saying all of this, users who wear glasses will likely need to consider additional costs when picking up their Apple Vision Pro. Perhaps the lack of glasses support will change the minds of some consumers. Check out our Apple page for more information on what was revealed at WWDC 2023.

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    June 5, 2023 7:35 PM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Apple Vision Pro does not support people wearing glasses with the device

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      June 5, 2023 7:36 PM

      Guess I'm fucked then

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        June 5, 2023 7:55 PM

        They have Zeiss inserts.

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          June 5, 2023 10:16 PM

          At 400 an eye or so

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            June 5, 2023 11:47 PM

            Plus holder! (Not included)

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              June 6, 2023 12:22 AM

              For other headsets, people have made 3D printed inserts that works very well. They are usually held on by magnets, and use lenses from a common & fairly cheap Zenni frame. I'm sure people will be doing that for the Apple headset also.

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                June 6, 2023 9:29 AM

                yah this is the way. get zenni to send you a pair of cheap glasses to suit your prescription, and diy the rest.

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                June 6, 2023 9:32 AM

                There are also companies making inserts for the more popular headsets for $80-$150. I wonder if Apple and Zeiss are going to be taking legal action to prevent third-party solutions.

                (I'm not wondering that much.)

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          June 6, 2023 9:37 AM

          Seems like aftermarket will be easy for these.

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      June 6, 2023 9:28 AM

      I get the feeling that "not all prescriptions supported" is going to bite a lot of people.

      I have a weird prescription with astigmatism and my glasses correct it fairly well. I always wear glasses inside VR headsets and it's been fine.

      With the Vision Pro, they're going to find out just how badly people's complex prescriptions will shrink their already small potential customer base.

      This is a misstep I think, cause so many people wear glasses and there's so many different kind of prescriptions.

      If these zeiss lenses work, then everyone should just get them instead of getting glasses, but obvious no one does.

      In the camera world, they put in diopters and eye relief specifically because of this issue...

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        June 6, 2023 9:30 AM

        people also have varying prescriptions from left vs right eye.

        zeiss / apple needs to sell these inserts separately per eye otherwise there's going to be so much wasteage

        (ie you have to buy 2 sets, and just use one of each)

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          June 6, 2023 9:36 AM

          There is no way these are sold in 2packs per RX. Why would that even be a thing?

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            June 6, 2023 9:40 AM

            sku management vs accomodating real life / real people. it's one of those "plan only works until it meets real people in real life" kind of things.

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              June 6, 2023 9:43 AM

              I’m sure they thought of this. The amount of people with the same RX per eye has to be under 10%.

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                June 6, 2023 9:49 AM

                tech company trying to solve medical issues without understanding medical issue. it's unbelievable hubris - but in the current state of silicon valley, it's not out of the question.

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          June 6, 2023 9:38 AM

          Companies are already making custom prescription inserts (for other headsets) that can handle weird scripts like that. Apple/Zeiss being unable to would be a huge failure on their part.

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            June 6, 2023 9:42 AM

            personally, I think this is one of the reasons vr headsets has not taken off in the general market.

            custom prescription inserts sucks in general, and they definitely do not correct weird scrips. in order to do so, they would cost as much as a pair of glasses.

            I'm hoping apple is getting some higher quality stuff seeing the price bracket is "next level"

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              June 6, 2023 9:56 AM

              Dude, I have a weird script with wildly different values in each eye, including a significant astigmatism, and I was able to get an Oculus Rift insert for like $80 a number of years ago.

              Basic polycarbonate lenses manufactured to a prescription and shoved into a plastic holder are neither expensive nor hard to produce.

              If the ones for the Apple headset are expensive (probable) or are unable to cover the vast majority of prescriptions (unlikely), it's because Apple and Zeiss made that decision, not because headset inserts fundamentally have to be that way.

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                June 6, 2023 10:20 AM

                yah when it comes to medical issues, i think one person's example isn't necessarily the best to extrapolate.

                my prescription can't be corrected by the polycarbonate lens inserts for currently on the market vr devices.

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                  June 6, 2023 10:21 AM

                  (and I'm not all that unique...)

                  just saying that "my eyes work so obviously other people's eyes will work" is not the right thing to do when it comes to people's individual circumstances.

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                    June 6, 2023 10:22 AM

                    likewise "my eyes don't work so yours won't" is not correct either, but that's not what I'm saying.

                    what i'm saying is that pretending all human bodies and eyes are the same is counterproductive, and there's a very practical invention : the glasses with individual prescriptions - that fits quite well with the problem space.

                    for apple to say "ok let's just make a general purpose solution" isn't all that great for inclusion.

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                      June 6, 2023 12:54 PM

                      Yeah, I'm not saying I expect inserts to work for literally every person. I know there are some prescriptions that won't work (likely due to needing to be too thick or otherwise not fitting into the frame or between the user's eyes and the headset's lenses). I'm just saying that inserts are a much more substantial solution than you seem to think based on your comments. They should capture the vast majority of users unless Apple and Zeiss have royally fucked up.

                      You might check VR Optician, which I linked in another comment, for your prescription. They apparently are using the same lab as Apple will be using, and support some pretty extreme prescriptions, including stuff with prism values.

                      As far as officially supporting glasses with the headset, do any VR/AR headsets support it? While I can totally believe that Apple would require people to use their own attachments just to make more money, my impression is that few if any headsets support it. That makes me think there are genuine engineering issues at play. Plus I can imagine (and have experienced) issues with glasses not fitting well inside the headset, and/or lenses rubbing against lenses due to face shape and headset cavity dimensions.

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              June 6, 2023 10:20 AM

              I can get PSVR2 inserts for my prescription here for $129:
              Or here for $80:

              If there's a problem with inserts, I'd say it's that most people don't know they're a think, or don't know how to get them.

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            June 6, 2023 9:43 AM

            it's worth noting that the current state of VR is a mess, and is in partial market failure, so for apple to base a product on the current state of things is basically begging for failure.

            I would really want apple to *not* do whatever the current incumbents are doing cause it's obviously not right/not going in the right direction.

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            June 6, 2023 9:46 AM

            I think apple should pair with contact lens makers - those are a well proven (and cheap) technology with a good set of options for all kinds of people with different vision, and just provide the correct script and of contact lenses with a lifetime subscription of contact lens refills for each vision headset. for people who can't wear contact lenses, then they can get the zeiss inserts.

            that gives a value proposition and makes the 3500 headset worth buying.

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            June 6, 2023 9:55 AM

            I'm also specifically referring to apple's website subtitle (2) on

            (2) Valid prescription required. Not all prescriptions are supported. Vision correction accessories are sold separately.

            so apple already knows that there are prescriptions that won't work. Apple/Zeiss are unable to accomodate certain kinds of prescriptions and they are upfront about it. Which is better than them hiding it, but again, this is an aspect of the vision pro design that will exclude people.

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              June 6, 2023 10:02 AM

              Unless Apple and Zeiss have specifically fucked this up in ways other companies have not, the prescriptions they don't support are likely the same prescriptions that aren't suitable for contact lenses.

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                June 6, 2023 10:20 AM

                Some of the concern in this thread is crazy. The Zeiss lens will probably be expensive and cover anything glasses can correct outside of some extreme cases. You won’t be forced to buy 2 of the same lens.

                People who want to wear contacts can.

                If it takes off there will be tons of third party options. It’s literally a lens in a magnetic circle.

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              June 6, 2023 11:35 AM

              all that implies is apple employs lawyers

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        June 6, 2023 9:47 AM

        Apple is usually excellent with accessibility.

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        June 6, 2023 9:49 AM

        The Zeiss lens are literally just glasses lenses in a magnetic circle. They have no utility outside of the headset. Why would people get them in place of glasses?

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          June 6, 2023 9:50 AM

          because apple designed the headset so glasses don't fit into the headset.

          so it's either the zeiss inserts or contacts

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            June 6, 2023 9:52 AM


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            June 6, 2023 10:36 AM

            “If these zeiss lenses work, then everyone should just get them instead of getting glasses, but obvious no one does”

            I’m not sure if you are just trying to complain. This argument makes 0 sense. The Zeiss lens are basically glasses in a unique frame.

            I mean I guess people could get the Zeiss lenses and buy some aftermarket magnetic frames they can use them in. If that’s what you are getting at?

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      June 6, 2023 9:51 AM

      You're looking through it wrong.

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      June 6, 2023 11:21 AM

      That's a pretty big oversight.. (lol) but they can monetize the lenses.. Typical Apple.

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        June 6, 2023 1:48 PM

        Introducing, Apple iEyes. The World's First Corrective Vision Device.

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      June 6, 2023 11:28 AM

      Why would you want to comprise your $3500 headset by using glasses?

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      June 6, 2023 11:32 AM

      if you can not afford laser eye surgery you can not afford this headset, brave and magical

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      June 6, 2023 12:30 PM

      Even the US Military had a prescription lens solution for protective masks for chemical warfare since the 70s.

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      June 6, 2023 12:32 PM

      When you go to add Vision Pro to cart you can also add Apple LASIK as an add on accessory and make an appointment at the Genius Bar. Also you can add an Apple Care warranty to your Apple LASIK.

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