With the recent onslaught of the virtual reality headsets, it becomes hard for people to resist the urge to peek into the matrix like world. You can get a basic VR headset for as low as $30 and experience the simulated reality like never before.
But is this new technology good for our eyes? Virtual reality is currently coming up with some scary warnings and precautions. None of the consumer electronic goods in the recent history had as many warnings as the VR headsets. In such scenarios, it becomes hard to decide if we should be using this new device at all.
The truth is that there are no long-term studies on the usage of VR till now. So we really don’t know the long-term effects of VR usage on its users. A few universities and manufacturers have started long-term usage studies and it will be a couple of years before we see its results.
When you use Virtual Reality headsets according to the manufacturers’ suggestion, it reduces the risk of many short-term problems caused by its usage. Some people may feel nauseous, or dizzy when they don’t set up the VR headset correctly. People who suffer from seasickness may experience similar symptoms when using VR. In some cases, VR may also cause temporary Vertigo in a few users.
But in almost all cases, the problems will disappear as soon as you stop using VR. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Nausea may persist even after you take off the VR glasses. It may take a few hours or even a few days for you to get back to normal.
But even if you go through such problems, there is no known long-term effect on your eyes. So use them, but with caution.