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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience 109

Posted by timothy
from the funny-I-might-want-it-for-regular-goggles dept.
An anonymous reader writes After 30 years of wearing glasses, one man says that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has prompted him to get laser eye surgery. With farsightedness and astigmatism, he says, "Never thought much about the laser surgery until the Rift, that's for sure." He has an appointment to get the $2200 surgery on the 13th of this month. "For me it is clear, my eyeglasses are like an obstacle for optimal VR experience," he said. He hopes the surgery will remove his need for glasses, which can be uncomfortable inside of the Rift, if they fit at all, and cause several issues such as scratched lenses and lower field of view. Oculus plans to make the consumer version of the Oculus Rift (aka CV1) more friendly to glasses wearers, "...we have a lot of great ideas for supporting glasses in the consumer version [of the Rift] (especially since a huge portion of the Oculus team wears glasses everyday!)" they noted in their Kickstarter.
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 09, 2014 @05:05PM (#47639087)

    so... dude has lived his life with the inconvenience of glasses, and incomplete vision
    for a great amount of time. thought about the cost of surgery and said meh....

    then one day, not the forests, or the mountains... not the clouds in the sky.
    not beautiful women at the beach and not the smile of a newborn....

    but virtual reality.

    better fix my eyes to get the most out of vr.

  • Seriously? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by bluegutang (2814641) on Saturday August 09, 2014 @05:07PM (#47639093)

    Why not contact lenses?

  • by Kjella (173770) on Saturday August 09, 2014 @07:37PM (#47639747) Homepage

    Parent AC really doesn't belong at -1, I was thinking the same thing. I need to wear glasses or hard contacts and LASIK is out of the question, there's a ton of reasons I'd like to get rid of my glasses like to avoid them fogging up, going swimming, having them edge forward as I carry something and can't push them back, leaning over edges and so on. And hard contacts, well trust me nobody who doesn't have to wear them does for good reason. But virtual reality? That's the "killer feature" that tipped him over the edge? To me that's a bit of a WTF, really...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 09, 2014 @07:53PM (#47639799)

    Yes it does. The guy can see with glasses. He can see all those things you mentioned. What he can't do is properly experience VR without this surgery so why not go for it? He really had no reason to do so before.

    Barring an unfortunate mistake this will improve his quality of life all around and if it allows him to get more enjoyment out of his gaming experience who are we to question his motives.

    I'm quite sure every person alive has done something in their lives with motives others would call silly or pointless

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