Meet Apple Vision Pro ZEISS Optical Inserts

Apple Vision Pro ZEISS optical inserts

If you need glasses or contact lenses, there's a good chance you are you will do it. Optical inserts are required to use Apple Vision Pro. Here's what you need to know about these magnetic lenses.

Apple Vision Pro matches the user's face exactly. This means you won't be able to wear glasses, and due to the nature of the eye tracking system, hard contacts aren't an option either.

You won't need optical inserts if you can see well with single vision soft contacts. This means that everyone else, those who wear glasses, readers or other vision correction devices, will need inserts.

Apple Vision Pro ZEISS optical insert design

Apple is not the only company that offers some kind of vision correction inserts in its headsets. However, some companies avoid this need by creating a headset with space for glasses, such as the PSVR 2.

Apple Vision Pro optical inserts are small, oblong lenses encased in a metal frame. One side is magnetic, so it inserts into the headset in exactly the right direction.

There is a white line at the top of the lens indicating which side is facing up. The outer edge, facing the user's nose, has the letters “L” or “R” indicating which side it belongs to.

ZEISS optical inserts

The magnetic strength of the lenses is sufficient to prevent them from popping out during use, no matter how much you move your head. After one light drop onto a carpeted surface, we noticed that the lenses could pop out with quite some force.

No, nothing was damaged in this fall, not even scratches.

ZEISS is known for producing high quality camera lenses, but also produces prescription inserts for a variety of applications. The transparency of the glass leads to a high price.

Using Apple Vision Pro optical inserts

Depending on the strength of your prescription, you may find that using Apple Vision Pro without inserts is possible. The focal length is just over a meter, but it's not the same as seeing the object in real life.

Viewing through multiple layers of glass may result in artifacts and glare

We noticed that although everything is legible without inserts, the difference with inserts is a day and night. The text is much clearer and everything looks much better.

There are some disadvantages to having optical inserts, so use soft contacts whenever possible. Adding another layer of glass to displays means more opportunities for reflections and glare.

Reflections and flare are inherent in Apple Vision Pro and occur in high-contrast areas, such as bright scenes in a movie playing in a dark theater. Optical inserts slightly enhance this effect, but not so much as to make the device unusable — it's just an effect worth noting.

Anyone who's used a headset like the PSVR 2 or Meta Quest knows that it feels like you're constantly cleaning the lenses. We have not had such experience with optical inserts.

After several hours of use over several weeks, we only had to clean the lenses a few times. This is mainly due to the fact that they were handled when removed so that others could test the Apple Vision Pro.

Apple seems to have opted for high-quality glass with a coating that keeps the lenses clean – — another example of why lenses are so expensive.

Apple Limitations Vision Pro ZEISS Optical Inserts

Vision correction is a very subtle problem that needs to be solved. Some vision problems that people may have make prescriptions complex or difficult to follow.

Apple Vision Pro isn't for everyone yet

To make things more challenging, Apple Vision Pro has to adjust its eye tracking system and software based on paired prescriptions. Some things are beyond the scope that the software can cover, at least with the current version of the hardware and VisionOS.

We can't provide magic information to tell you if you're eligible for Apple Vision Pro prescriptions. ZEISS has a value entry tool to check whether a recipe can be filled with optical inserts.

If one of your values ​​is out of range, it will be flagged. However, your options for owning and using Apple Vision Pro don't end there.

Keep this information and talk to your optometrist about adjusting the values ​​to correct your vision to meet the requirements. If this is not possible and soft contact or LASIK is out of the question, you may have to wait until new hardware or software becomes available to try again.

Apple Vision Pro has special features to help you deal with things like monovision, drooping eyelids, lazy eye, and other conditions. For example, users can set eye tracking to only one eye instead of two.

Anyone experiencing blurred vision or eye strain while using Apple Vision Pro should contact their eye care professional for an updated prescription. This also applies to users who rely on lenses for reading.

Ordering Apple Vision Pro ZEISS optical inserts

If you decide to order Apple Vision Pro, it's a simple process that can be completed in the Apple Store app or on the Apple website. To place your order, you will need to know whether you need readers or prescription lenses.

Optical inserts allow you to use Apple Vision Pro without glasses

To order reading inserts, Apple needs to know the correction strength. They come in three strengths:

  • +0.75 to +1.25D
  • +1.50 to +1.75D
  • +2.00 to +2.75D

Those using readers with corrections higher than +2.75D can try inserts in the +2.00 to +2.75 range. Otherwise, they will have to talk to their ophthalmologist.

There are a few more requirements for ordering the Heavy Duty Inserts using a prescription, but this part of the order is completed when you order Apple Vision Pro online.

You will need a prescription containing:

  • Your distance correction needs and/or near correction needs listed separately but on the same prescription sheet. Eye care providers call this a complete manifest refraction.
  • Expiration date (which has not expired).
  • Your full name, license number, and your physician's signature.
  • Your full name, license number, and signature of your physician.
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  • Date of vision test or date of issue.

Contact lens prescriptions are not are accepted. There should be no intermediate distance, task distance, or computer distance in the prescription.

ZEISS optical inserts cannot be manufactured using prisms.

Reading inserts cost $99. Prescription inserts cost $149. Apple Vision Pro starts at $3,499.

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