Many people started out flying FPV with a small LCD screen eventually moved to FPV goggles mainly because it’s more immersive, and unaffected from bright sunlight. But for those who wear glasses might have trouble using FPV Goggles.
I personally wear glasses too and thought this would be a problem so I started out with a little LCD monitor. I used a hood for the monitor in sunny conditions. My vision is not real bad so I tried a friend’s goggles and they seemed to be usable for me (although the image did look a bit distant and blurry).
I wear glasses, can I use FPV goggles?
When you look through the lenses of a FPV goggles, the screen will be enlarged and appear to be 2-3 meters away (projection), therefore short-sighted (near-sighted) people might have trouble seeing the image clearly. Short-sighted people have trouble seeing distant object clearly, so goggle might not be an option depends on how bad their eyesight is.
Some goggles allow diopter lenses or focal length adjustment. Some even allows you to wear your glasses while using the goggles.
So, I am short-sighted, can I still use goggle?
A simple test you can do at home. Take your glasses off, if you can comfortably see what is on the TV screen from 2 meters away, you should be Okay to use goggles.
If you are very close to see the TV clearly, you can try inserting some diopter lenses which are designed for the short-sighted FPV goggle users. They are available for the Fatsharks and Skyzone goggles and they are around $18 for a set. Usually they come with a pack of three different numbers -2, -4, -6. You can use the one(s) which gives the best focus. For people who have astigmatism, I am not sure if they would help so please do more research or simply try it out.
Big Box Type FPV Goggle
There are also box type FPV headsets that big enough to allow you wear glasses and the goggle at the same time. It’s great for people who absolutely have to wear glasses.
This Hobbyking DIY Goggle is a cheap option to try out.
(This one just cracks me up, it’s a “great” design because it provides excellent head protection from drone crashes. hehe :-D )
I have also seen people use lenses from an old pair of glasses and just hot glue them into their FPV goggles. The only problem I see is you might have a bit of trouble switching between FPV and line of sight (LOS), as you will need to put your glasses back on.
If none of the above works for you, the last resort would be contact lenses.
Anyway, It’s best to just borrow a pair of goggles from someone and try it out for yourself before buying. Maybe you can use goggles, but still prefer monitors. Who knows?