Why Is My VR Blurry? Causes And Fixes

Lora Garcia12 Mar 2022

If you’ve been thinking about trying out a virtual reality headset, you might have noticed that the pictures and videos you see online are often blurrier than your VR experience feels in person. This is because VR devices typically have lenses that can’t focus on objects very close to them. This effect is exaggerated when the object is close to the wearer’s face. Using a VR headset can become uncomfortable or even painful if the viewer cannot adjust it properly. To avoid these problems, try experimenting with a piece of cardboard or other material to create a “bracket” between your eyes and the display for optimal viewing. You can also try looking down at an angle while wearing a VR headset, which will help bring things into focus. There are many different causes for blurry images in your virtual reality headset, so follow these steps below if you think one of them may be the culprit.

Why is my VR blurry?

There are many different causes for blurry images in your virtual reality headset, so follow these steps below if you think one of them may be the culprit.

  • Is your VR headset too close to your eyes?
  • Are the lenses dirty?
  • Are you using it with glasses or contacts?
  • Is the screen too close to your face?
  • Did you update your graphics card drivers lately?

Causes for this issue

There are a few reasons that your virtual reality image may be blurry. The object you’re looking at is too close to your headset. Your device has a lens that can’t focus on objects very close to it. Your software settings need to be adjusted for optimum viewing.

The lenses

The online videos and images of VR are different from your personal experience because the lenses in a VR headset can’t focus on objects that are very close to them. The effect is amplified if an object is right in front of the person wearing the headset.

This can be uncomfortable or even painful if you try to use a VR headset for a long period.

To help reduce this issue, try creating a bracket around your eyes with cardboard or other material so you can see one object at a time. You could also look down slightly while wearing a VR headset to bring things into better focus. There are many different reasons why your images may be blurry in your virtual reality device, so it's worth trying these steps below if you think one of them might be the culprit: 

  1. Check that there isn’t anything between your eye and the lens 
  2. Try adjusting the distance between the lenses 
  3. Try adjusting how close you hold the device to your face 
  4. Try adjusting how level you hold your head 
  5. Try rotating both lenses.

Distance from the screen and viewer's eyes

The distance from the screen to the viewer's eyes is one of the most common causes for blurry images. The further away your face is from the VR display, the blurrier it will appear. If you're using a VR headset with lenses that cannot focus on objects close to them, adjusting your viewing distance can help with this issue.

The user's eye shape or glasses

One potential cause for blurry images is that the user’s eyes are shaped such that there isn’t enough room in the VR headset for both of them. This can be especially problematic if the user wears glasses. The solution to this problem is buying a VR headset with larger eye holes or using a VR headset with removable lenses.

How to fix this issue

There are many different causes for blurry images in your virtual reality headset, so follow these steps below if you think one of them may be the culprit.

  • Check your lenses. You can use a piece of cardboard or other material to create a "bracket" between your eyes and the display.
  • Try looking down at an angle while wearing a VR headset, which will help bring things into focus.
  • Experiment with different lens types and focal lengths. Not all lenses are created equal, so try a few different options to find the right fit for you.
  • Consider investing in prescription lenses that work with your VR device if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort from the blurriness.

Adjusting the lens distance

The distance between your eyes and the lens may be too close or too far away. To fix this, use a piece of cardboard or other material to create a “bracket” between your eyes and the display for optimal viewing.

Restoring the lens's focus manually

If the lens of your VR headset is foggy or dirty, you can try to fix it by wiping away any dust or smudges on the lens with a cloth. You may also want to clean your lenses if you see a lot of condensation or a blurry image.

  • If you think that the text in your ad isn’t as crisp as it could be, then try adjusting the font size and typeface for your ad copy.
  • When considering which photo to use for your ad, choose high-resolution images that are close up and highly detailed, so they look their best when shrunken down for Facebook ads.
  • Make sure you’re using the right colors in your ads so they show up correctly: duller colors like brown and navy blue will appear brighter than they are, while brighter colors like red and pink will look duller than they should be.
  • Keep an eye out for character limits; Facebook only allows up to 20 characters per line of text in an ad, which means that each word counts! Short words like "and" and "of" count towards this limit, too, so make sure not to waste space with these words where they don't need to be used; instead, consider using full sentences or phrases instead of single words where feasible.
  • Finally, make sure that you keep an eye on how many clicks each post is generating: if posts with similar content and image.

Ensuring proper distance from the screen

If you find that your VR images are blurry, it may be because you’re too close to the screen. When watching a movie or TV show on your laptop, you should have at least two feet of distance between your face and the screen for optimal viewing.  This same rule can apply to VR headsets as well.

Lora Garcia

Lora Garcia

Hi There! I am Lora Garcia, the founder of VRLitic. I received the original oculus dev kit as a gift many years ago, and that kicked off my passion for XR tech. VRLitic was created to share that passion, so I hope you enjoy my content.

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