FPV Goggle or monitor for people wear Glasses?

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. However long-sighted people (reading glasses users) should not have a problem using it. Some people claim goggle should be fine for short sighted people, because the image is only an inch away. That is NOT true.

Short-sighted people have trouble seeing distant object clearly, so goggle might not be an option depends on how bad their eyesight is.

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 )

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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?

7 thoughts on “FPV Goggle or monitor for people wear Glasses?

  1. a

    There are opticians around the world who make google fatshark lens insers made *exactly* for your needs. You just need to send them prescription for your regular correction glasses and they make fatshark lens inserts with the same parameters.

    Just google for custom fatshark lenses optic or something similar.

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  2. Mark van Werven

    Hi Oscar,
    I use the Boscam AIO GS920, which has a rubber cup which goes over my glasses. I prefer glasses over contacts because most of my flying spots are quite dust/ sand and insect rich, and I prefer my eyes non-irritated ;)
    The image is pretty good, going at 640 x 480, has built in 5.8GHz 8ch (E band/ boscam) vRX, and a 2.4GHz vRX.
    Headtracker also built in… It has 2 power ports, a small 12v plug underneath, and the headtracker port has power in also. I use the headtracker port for aesthetic reasons, powering the goggles with 3s.

    It’s a lot cheaper than for instance a Fatshark with comparable image quality, but it only has the 8ch vRX built in- but you could hook it up to a different vRX via Video In. I’ve bought it because it gives me very good image, fits over my glasses, and for the low profile factor on my face. And just to mess with the Fatshark users around here- I used my cutting plotter and stickered the Dutch translation of FatShark on my goggles- Dikke Haai ;)

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    1. Oscar Post author

      Thanks Mark! that’s very good to know! If i have a chance I would love try out this goggle too! wearing it over glasses sounds great!

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    1. Oscar Post author

      but are you far sighted or near sighted? like i said in the article there are near sighted lenses for FPV goggle and it doesn’t affect long sighted people. Anyway pop into a local RC shop and try them out if possible.

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      1. Steve Aplin

        Hi Oscar

        I just want to mention that if you are long sighted to the extreme it is a problem viewing things too close up. I have a strong prescription, am long sighted and struggle to view through goggles without my specs on. Its a shame but I wonder if there are extension products that can increase the opening to allow for specs? I dare say the demand will be high for a DIY mod to make good. Heres hoping. :)

        Steve Aplin

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