Using Apple Vision Pro with vision prescriptions and vision conditions

Apple Vision Pro supports a wide range of vision prescription and vision condition needs. Certain prescription needs and conditions may impact the viewing experience. Learn about your options if you use prescription or reader eyeglasses, contact lenses, if you have certain vision conditions, or if you've had vision correction surgery.

If you wear prescription eyeglasses

You cannot wear Apple Vision Pro while wearing eyeglasses. If you require prescription eyeglasses, including for astigmatism, you may be able to order prescription ZEISS Optical Inserts that can be used with your Vision Pro.

To purchase ZEISS Optical Inserts for Apple Vision Pro, you need a legible comprehensive prescription. Here's the information your comprehensive prescription should contain:

  • Your distance correction needs and/or your near correction needs, indicated separately but on the same prescription sheet. This is known as the full manifest refraction by eye care providers.  
  • An expiration date (that's not expired).
  • Your full name, and your prescriber’s license number and signature. 
  • Your eye exam or issue date.

Intermediate distance, task distance, or computer distance should not be part of that prescription, and contact lens prescriptions are not accepted. If you’re not sure if your prescription is comprehensive, consult an eye care provider and reference the description in this article.

ZEISS Optical Inserts are available for the vast majority of corrections, including for customers who normally use progressive or bifocal lenses. A very small percentage of people have a prism value added to their glasses prescription. At this time, ZEISS cannot manufacture ZEISS Optical Inserts based on a prescription containing prism value. If you have a prism value, it is labeled on your prescription and noted separately from sphere, cylinder, axis, and ADD values. If you’re not sure if your prescription includes prism, consult with an eye care provider.

Depending on your prescription, your vision needs might not be met through ZEISS Optical Inserts.

Check whether your prescription is supported

Learn how to order ZEISS Optical Inserts for Apple Vision Pro

After you place an order for ZEISS Optical Inserts and upload your prescription, you receive a verification whether ZEISS Optical Inserts are available to you within about one business day. 

If you wear reader eyeglasses

If you only require near correction readers without any distance correction, you can purchase ZEISS Optical Inserts — Readers. These are designed to support people who use over the counter reading glasses for their vision needs. ZEISS Optical Inserts — Readers are marked on their box and engraved on their frames with corresponding reading glass lens ranges, so that you can easily match the correct one to your reading glass power. They come in three strengths:

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

Choose the ZEISS Optical Inserts — Readers power that matches the reading glasses that you use for reading a book. If you use readers with a strength above +2.75D, you can try the +2.00 to +2.75D ZEISS Optical Inserts — Readers with Apple Vision Pro, or consult an eye care provider for a comprehensive prescription. 

The ranges above are translated to the corresponding actual lens power after you pair your ZEISS Optical Inserts with your Apple Vision Pro. In Settings, they appear as: +0.25D, +0.50D, or +0.75D, depending on the ZEISS Optical Inserts purchased. 

A very small number of people who use readers might experience vision discomfort such as eye strain or blurriness in Apple Vision Pro. If you experience this, consult an eye care provider for a comprehensive prescription that works within the supported prescription range for Apple Vision Pro.

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Learn how to order ZEISS Optical Inserts for Apple Vision Pro

If you wear contact lenses

If you use single vision soft prescription contact lenses, you can use Apple Vision Pro without ZEISS Optical Inserts — Prescription. 

  • If you use hard contact lenses, it might impact your experience with Apple Vision Pro. If you experience difficulty with eye tracking, and your eye care provider has indicated that eye glasses with a comprehensive prescription is 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
  • Cosmetic contact lenses are not compatible with Apple Vision Pro and should be removed before using the device.
  • If you typically use reading glasses in conjunction with your prescription contact lenses, you may benefit from using ZEISS Optical Inserts — Readers in conjunction with your contact lenses.

If you switch contact lens brands or strengths, or start using ZEISS Optical Inserts, for the best experience, redo your eye setup on your Apple Vision Pro.

If you are corrected to monovision

If you have had monovision corrective surgery, consult with an eye care provider for a comprehensive prescription that works within the supported prescription range for Apple Vision Pro. 

If you use monovision contact lenses, remove them and use ZEISS Optical Inserts based on your comprehensive eyeglass prescription. 

Your comprehensive prescription should contain your distance correction and near correction needs, indicated separately but on the same prescription sheet. Intermediate distance, task distance, or computer distance shouldn't be part of that prescription. Your comprehensive prescription should not be expired, must contain your date of birth, full name, prescriber’s license number, and should be legible.

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If you have a diagnosed vision condition

Apple Vision Pro uses where a person looks to navigate within visionOS. 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 Vision Pro to properly detect your eyes. This might impact the visual experience.

However, you can adapt Apple Vision Pro to suit your needs for navigation using Accessibility features. Instead of using your eyes, you can use your wrist, head, index finger, or voice to navigate. 

If you want to try Accessibility features

In Apple Vision Pro Settings, there are several features that you can use to help accommodate your vision needs:

  • To customize which eye you use to control Apple Vision Pro, go to Settings > Accessibility > Eye Input. You can choose Both Eyes, Left Eye Only, or Right Eye Only. Try this if you need to use one eye to control Apple Vision Pro input. 
  • To set display changes to not track your eyes while rendering, go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Ignore Eye Movements to Stabilize. Try this if you experience jumpiness from your eyes. This turns off dynamic image optimization. 
  • To increase contrast when you look at content, go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Increase Focus State. Try this if you need higher contrast feedback for where your eyes are looking in Apple Vision Pro. 
  • To control Apple Vision Pro with your wrist, hand, or head, go to Settings > Accessibility > Interaction, then select Pointer Control and choose the pointer that you want. Try this if you would like to utilize an alternate form of input, other than your eyes. 
  • To zoom in or out on certain items as you use Apple Vision Pro, go to Settings > Accessibility > Zoom, and turn on Zoom. Try this if you would like to magnify what you are looking at.
  • To control Apple Vision Pro with your voice, go to Settings > Accessibility > Voice Control, and select Set Up Voice Control. Try this if you would like to use Apple Vision Pro with your voice. 

Learn more about Accessibility features in visionOS

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