VR Health

Warning for VR headsets

1. We recommend consulting a physician before using VR headsets if you are pregnant, elderly, have pre-existing binocular vision abnormalities or psychiatric disorders, or suffer from a heart condition or other serious medical condition.

2. VR headsets should not be used by children under the age of 13. Adults should monitor children (age 13 and older) who are using or have used the VR headset for any of the symptoms described below and should limit the time children spend using a VR headset and ensure they take breaks during use. Prolonged use should be avoided, as this could negatively impact hand-eye coordination, balance, and multi-tasking ability. Adults should monitor children closely during and after use of a VR headset for any decrease in these abilities.

3. A comfortable virtual reality experience requires an unimpaired sense of motion and balance. Do not use the VR headsets when you are tired, need sleep, are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are hung-over, have digestive problems, are under emotional stress or anxiety, or when suffering from cold, flu, headaches, migraines, or earaches, as this can increase your susceptibility to adverse symptoms.

4. Immediately discontinue use if anyone using a VR headset experiences any of the following symptoms: seizures, loss of awareness, eye strain, eye or muscle twitching, involuntary movements, altered, blurred, or double vision or other visual abnormalities, dizziness, disorientation, impaired balance, impaired hand-eye coordination, excessive sweating, increased salivation, nausea, light-headedness, discomfort or pain in the head or eyes, drowsiness, fatigue, or any symptoms similar to motion sickness.

5. Anyone who has had a seizure, loss of awareness, or other symptoms linked to an epileptic condition should consult a physician before using a VR headset.

6. Just as with the symptoms people can experience after they disembark a cruise ship, symptoms of virtual reality exposure can persist and become more apparent hours after use. These post-use symptoms can include the symptoms above, as well as excessive drowsiness and decreased ability to multi-task. These symptoms may put you at an increased risk of injury when engaging in normal activities in the real world. Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other visually or physically demanding activities that have potentially serious consequences (i.e., activities in which experiencing any symptoms could lead to death, personal injury, or damage to property), or other activities that require unimpaired balance and hand-eye coordination (such as playing sports or riding a bicycle, etc.)until you have fully recovered from any symptoms.

7. Do not use a VR headset while in a moving vehicle such as a car, bus, or train, as this can increase your susceptibility to adverse symptoms.

8. For the safest experience always remain seated when using a VR headsets. Take special care to ensure that you are not near other people, objects, stairs, balconies, windows, furniture, or other items that you can bump into or knockdown when using or immediately after using a VR headset. Do not handle sharp or otherwise dangerous objects while using a VR headset. Never wear a VR headset in situations that require attention, such as walking, bicycling, or driving.

9. Take at least a 10 to 15 minute break every 30 minutes, even if you do not think you need it. Each person is different, so take more frequent and longer breaks if you feel discomfort. You should decide what works best.

10. Prolonged use of a VR headset and input devices (e.g. controllers) can make your muscles, joints or skin hurt. If any part of your body becomes tired or sore while playing, or if you feel symptoms such as tingling, numbness, burning or stiffness, stop and rest for several hours before playing again. If you continue to have any of the above symptoms or other discomforts during or after play, stop using the VR headset and consult a physician.

11. Be mindful of the type of content that you were using prior to the onset of any symptoms because you may be more prone to symptoms based on the content being used.

12. Do not look directly at a bright light while you are wearing the device without the mobile device inserted. Doing so may damage your eyesight.

13. If you are allergic to the paint or metal parts on the device, you may experience itching, eczema, or swelling of the skin. If this happens, stop using the device and consult your physician.

14. Consult a physician if you have serious and/or persistent symptoms.

15. A mobile may become hotter than normal when used with a VR headsets, especially if you use the devices to play games for an extended period. Removing the cover plate will allow additional air to reach your mobile device and may help reduce overheating.