Developer Blames Virtual Reality Headset for Damaged Eyesight

Developer Blames Virtual Reality Headset for Damaged Eyesight

Doctor said VR technology caused vision problems.

A visit to the opticians left a software developer “worried about my future VR use” after a doctor blamed the technology for a problem with his vision, BBC News reports.

Danny Bittman will need glasses to correct the issue, but the prescription would normally be for someone much older.

The company that makes the technology, Facebook-owned Oculus, states in its handbook that one in 4,000 may suffer “dizziness, seizures, eye or muscle twitching” and recommends that users suffering these symptoms stop using the headset and see a doctor.

Doctors have previously warned that virtual reality, which is the computer-generated simulation of a real or imaginary environment, can cause eye strain because the brain is forced to process visual stimuli differently.

Users have complained about nausea and dizziness when using headsets, which is generally put down the the way a user perceives space around them, leading to motion sickness.

Bittman, who has worked as a virtual reality developer for four years, tweeted: “Just had my first eye doctor visit in three years. Now I’m very worried about my future VR use. I have a new eye convergence problem that acts like dyslexia. The doc, a headset owner, is convinced my VR use caused this. He said ‘These glasses we usually prescribe to 40-year-olds.'”

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