Can Valve Index Be Worn With Glasses?

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By Valerie Becker

Are you someone who wears glasses and is interested in purchasing the Valve Index? If so, you may be wondering if the Valve Index can be worn with glasses.

The short answer is yes, it can! However, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Adjusting the Lenses

One of the main concerns for those who wear glasses is whether or not they will fit comfortably inside the VR headset. The Valve Index has adjustable lenses that can be moved closer or further away from your eyes. This means that you can adjust the headset to accommodate your glasses, ensuring that they fit comfortably inside.

Step 1: Adjusting Inter-pupillary distance (IPD)

Before adjusting lenses, you need to adjust the IPD (distance between your eyes), so that it matches with the IPD of your eyes.

To adjust IPD on Valve Index:

  • Click on SteamVR
  • Go to Settings > Devices > Headset
  • Select ‘Adjust Display’
  • Follow instructions given on screen and adjust IPD using slider provided.

Step 2: Adjusting Lenses

After adjusting IPD, you can move onto adjusting lenses:

  • Loosen the side straps of the headset and put it on.
  • Adjust for comfort and then move on to lens adjustment.
  • Gently slide each lens left or right until you find a position where everything is clear.
  • If needed, use diopter adjustment dial provided beneath each lens to fine-tune clarity.

Cushioning and Comfort

While adjusting the lenses can help with the fit of your glasses, it’s also important to consider cushioning and comfort. The Valve Index comes with a removable faceplate that can be swapped out for a different size or material.

Valve Index has two types of faceplates:

  • Standard Faceplate – It has a thin layer of foam that is gentle on skin and creates a seal around the nose.
  • Off-Ear Faceplate – It has a rigid plastic shell that does not touch ears (good for people who wear glasses). Foam padding is provided around the nose area.

For those who wear glasses, the off-ear faceplate may be more comfortable as it does not put pressure on the arms or temples of your glasses. Additionally, using a soft silicone cover for the lenses could help in preventing scratches on your glasses.


In conclusion, wearing glasses with the Valve Index is definitely possible. By adjusting the lenses and selecting an appropriate faceplate, you can ensure that your VR experience is comfortable and enjoyable. So don’t let wearing glasses hold you back from experiencing all that VR has to offer!