Apple jumped into the world of spatial computing earlier this month with its mixed-reality headset, the Apple Vision Pro. Spatial computing overlays digital content onto the physical world and promises users an immersive, 3D experience that they can navigate around in using their eyes, hands, and voice. The virtual-reality/augmented-reality technology is now available for an eye-watering $3,500-$3,900.

While the concept of spatial computing is exciting and innovative, there are some concerns regarding the headset being so close to the eyes. Chief among those concerns are:

  • Digital eye strain. This can lead to headaches and blurry vision.
  • Dry eyes. Intense concentration — in other words, not blinking enough — while using the headset for long periods of time may cause eyes to dry out. It is recommended that users take a break from wearing the device every 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Loss of peripheral vision. This especially true for those wearing it while engaging in everyday activities (walking, etc.).
  • Injury. Apple also cautions users to make sure that the headset is properly fitted to avoid injury in the event of a fall or collision.

It’s important to note that eyeglass wearers looking to check out the technology need to be aware that they will need to purchase ZEISS Optical Inserts or wear contact lenses. According to Apple’s website, the inserts magnetically attach to the Apple Vision Pro to provide precise viewing for those who wear glasses.

The mixed-reality technology certainly looks to be the wave of the near future, but users will need to adopt safe habits like giving your eyes a break from wearing the device for long periods of time and being aware of your environment to avoid injury.