Apple Says Vision Pro Does Not Support Hard Contact Lenses

Apple Vision Pro should not be used while wearing hard contact lenses, Apple says in its pre-order process for its new spatial computing headset.

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According to a new linked support document, wearing hard contacts "might impact your experience with ‌Apple Vision Pro‌." Apple goes on to suggest that those who use such contacts when not wearing glasses may be able to use ZEISS Optical Inserts instead.

If you experience difficulty with eye tracking, and your eye care provider has indicated that eye glasses with a comprehensive prescription are an option for you, then you may consider ordering ZEISS Optical Inserts. Otherwise, you may use an alternate form of input such as Pointer Control.

For users who have had monovision corrective surgery, Apple recommends that they consult with an eye care provider for a comprehensive prescription that works within the supported prescription range for ‌Apple Vision Pro‌. Apple also says that ‌Apple Vision Pro‌ works well with most soft contact lenses, but cosmetic contact lenses are not compatible with the headset and should be removed before using the device.

Apple also offers the following advice for people with a diagnosed vision condition:

Some medical conditions, such as those involving eyelid drooping, changes in eye alignment (including strabismus or lazy eye), or uncontrolled eye movements (including nystagmus) might make it difficult for Apple Vision Pro to properly detect your eyes. This might impact the visual experience.

Apple says that to compensate for any of the above, users can adapt ‌Apple Vision Pro‌ to suit their needs for navigation using the headset's accessibility features. Instead of using their eyes, users can use their wrist, head, index finger, or voice to navigate.

Starting at $3,499, ‌Apple Vision Pro‌ pre-orders are now open, with the devices scheduled to ship to customers on February 2.

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Top Rated Comments

rosegoldoli Avatar
21 weeks ago
I have an eye condition (keratinous) where i need to wear hard contacts to see properly.. so this is sad to hear
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrCrowbar Avatar
21 weeks ago

Who wears hard contact lenses these days?
People with astigmatism. When you look into a small light at night and it just turns into a smear: that's (usually) astigmatism caused by a distorted lens or cornea. Hard lenses can even that out, they bend your eye into shape.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aries81 Avatar
21 weeks ago
I dunno, the cons against the AVP are definitely ramping up lately and outweighing the pros.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
doelcm82 Avatar
21 weeks ago

I dunno, the cons against the AVP are definitely ramping up lately and outweighing the pros.
I wore hard contacts in the 1970s. I didn't know they still made them.

I guess there are less than 5 million people who wear hard contacts. For them, this is a con. For everyone else it's a neutral.

I remember when people found out you couldn't use an iPhone with gloves. iPhone sales plummeted. No, I made that up. What really happened was people used hard sausages that they bought at the convenience store.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KPOM Avatar
21 weeks ago
Who wears hard contact lenses these days?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IllegitimateValor Avatar
21 weeks ago
As pioneers of accessibility, you’d think Apple would have figured out how to make VP only follow one eye if the other is lazy. If it’s possible.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)