Drone’s are becoming one of the most popular hobbies in the world. In fact, flying drones has become so popular that there are even drone racing leagues now. These drones move so fast through the course that racers have to wear First Person View (FPV) goggles to be able to complete the race.
Unfortunately, people with eye problems may find that wearing their glasses while using FPV goggles can mess up their game. Either the glasses themselves get in the way, or the view is too blurry because of their prescription lenses. The good news is that you can still enjoy the fast-paced thrill of racing drones with FPV goggles, even if you do have eye problems. Here’s a few tips to get ready to race.
What to Expect
When you look through the best FPV goggles, the view will be large and appear about six to nine feet away, kind of like looking at a movie screen. This means that short-sighted people may have trouble seeing the image clearly, while long-sighted people should have no problem at all.
If you’re short sighted, you can do a quick test to see if you can use FPV goggles without your glasses. Just find a large screen television, take your glasses off, and stand about six feet away. If you can see the image clearly, then you should have no trouble at all using FPV goggles without your glasses. If you can’t see clearly, however, it’s not the end of the world. There’s still some things you can do.
Find New Lenses
The trouble with wearing glasses and using FPV goggles is that there isn’t enough room for your frames. If you want, you can find extra-large goggles online that are big enough to fit over your frames, but these may seem like overkill to a lot of people.
Instead, you can find lenses that work with your goggles. Websites like this one sell lenses that fit right in the FPV goggles and provide you with the proper magnification to see clearly. The lenses usually come in packs with two or three different diopter lenses, with -2, -4, and -6 the standard numbers.
If you find that diopter lenses don’t work for you, or you find them uncomfortable or distracting, you can always use a monitor instead, although you won’t get the correct “feel” of the drone and your performance may suffer for it.
The best alternative may be switching to contact lenses. You may think they are uncomfortable or a hassle at first, but you will be able to fully enjoy the drone racing experience. You can find plenty of places online for cheap contacts, so rather than limiting your performance to a screen or an oversized helmet, you can easily switch to contacts. Just visit your eye doctor to find out more.
Don’t miss out on the exciting world of drone racing just because you wear glasses. Try some of these tips and start flying!
Mike Plambeck is a Drone Enthusiast who is passionate about helping people learn about both commercial and hobby drones. When he's not out flying or filming he writes for various online publications and spends time with his wife and two young children.