VR-Health & Safety Warnings

But what is Virtual reality (VR)?

VR has been defined as “a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body” or as an “immersive, interactive experience generated by a computer”. A person using virtual reality equipment is typically able to “look around” the artificial world, move about in it and interact with features or items that are depicted on a screen or in googles.

The immersive environment can be similar to the real world in order to create a lifelike experience—for example, the immersion into the Colosseum, or it can differ significantly from reality, such as in VR video games that take place in fantasy settings, where gamers can use fictional magic and telekinesis powers.



* These health & safety warnings are periodically updated for accuracy and completeness. Check www.oculus.com/warnings for the latest version.

A comfortable virtual reality experience requires an unimpaired sense of motion and Do not use the Gear VR when you are tired, need sleep, are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are hung-over, have digestive problems, are under emotional stress or anxiety, or when suffering from cold, flu, headaches, migraines, or earaches, as this can increase your susceptibility to adverse symptoms.
We recommend seeing a doctor before using the Gear VR if you are pregnant, elderly, have pre-existing binocular vision abnormalities or psychiatric disorders, or suffer from a heart condition or other serious medical

Some people (about 1 in 4000) may have severe dizziness, seizures, epileptic seizures or blackouts triggered by light flashes or patterns, and this may occur while they are watching TV, playing video games or experiencing virtual reality, even if they have never had a seizure or blackout before or have no history of seizures or epilepsy. Such seizures are more common in children and young people under the age of 20. Anyone who has had a seizure, loss of awareness, or other symptom linked to an epileptic condition should see a doctor before using the Gear VR.


The Gear VR should not be used by children under the age of 13, as young children are in a critical period in visual development. Adults should monitor children (age 13 and older) who are using or have used the Gear VR for any of the symptoms described below, and should limit the time children spend using the Gear VR and ensure they take breaks during use. Prolonged use should be avoided, as this could negatively impact hand-eye coordination, balance, and multi-tasking ability. Adults should monitor children closely during and after use of the Gear VR for any decrease in these abilities.

General Precautions:

To reduce the risk of injury or discomfort you should always follow these instructions and observe these precautions while using the Gear VR:

Use Only In A Safe Environment: The Gear VR produces an immersive virtual reality experience that distracts you from and completely blocks your view of your actual
f Always be aware of your surroundings before beginning use and while using the Gear VR. Use caution to avoid injury.

f Use of the Gear VR may cause loss of balance.

Ì Remember that the objects you see in the virtual environment do not exist in the real environment, so don’t sit or stand on them or use them for support.

Ì For the safest experience, remain seated or stationary when using the Gear VR.

f Serious injuries can occur from tripping, running into or striking walls, furniture or other objects, so clear an area for safe use before using the Gear VR.

f Take special care to ensure that you are not near other people, objects, stairs, balconies, open doorways, windows, furniture, open flames, ceiling fans or light fixtures or other items that you can bump into or knock down when using—or immediately after using—the Gear VR.

f Remove any tripping hazards from the area before using the Gear VR.

f Remember that while using the Gear VR you may be unaware that people and pets may enter your immediate area.

f Do not handle sharp or otherwise dangerous objects while using the Gear VR.

f Never wear the Gear VR in situations that require attention, such as walking, bicycling, or driving.

Make sure the Gear VR is level and secured comfortably on your head, and that you see a single, clear
Ease into the use of the Gear VR to allow your body to adjust; use for only a few minutes at a time at first, and only increase the amount of time using the Gear VR gradually as you grow accustomed to virtual Looking around and using the input device when first entering virtual reality can help you adjust to any small differences between your real-world movements and the resulting virtual reality experience.
Do not use the Gear VR while in a moving vehicle such as a car, bus, or train, as this can increase your susceptibility to adverse
Take at least a 10 to 15 minute break every 30 minutes, even if you don’t think you need Each person is different, so take more frequent and longer breaks if you feel discomfort. You should decide what works best for you.
The Gear VR may be equipped with a “pass-through” feature which permits you to temporarily see your surroundings for brief real world You should always remove the Gear VR for any situation that requires attention or coordination.
Listening to sound at high volumes can cause irreparable damage to your Background noise, as well as continued exposure to high volume levels, can make sounds seem quieter than they actually are. Due to the immersive nature of the virtual reality experience, do not use the Gear VR with the sound at a high volume so that you can maintain awareness of your surroundings and reduce the risk of hearing damage.

  • Immediately discontinue use if anyone using the Gear VR experiences any of the following symptoms: seizures; loss of awareness; eye strain; eye or muscle twitching; involuntary movements; altered, blurred, or double vision or other visual abnormalities; dizziness; disorientation; impaired balance; impaired hand-eye coordination; excessive sweating; increased salivation; nausea; lightheadedness; discomfort or pain in the head or eyes; drowsiness; fatigue; or any symptoms similar to motion sickness.

Just as with the symptoms people can experience after they disembark a cruise ship, symptoms of virtual reality exposure can persist and become more apparent hours after use. These post-use symptoms can include the symptoms above, as well as excessive drowsiness and decreased ability to multi-task. These symptoms may put you at an increased risk of injury when engaging in normal activities in the real
Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other visually or physically demanding activities that have potentially serious consequences (i.e., activities in which
experiencing any symptoms could lead to death, personal injury, or damage to property), or other activities that require unimpaired balance and hand-eye coordination (such as playing sports or riding a bicycle, etc.) until you have fully recovered from any symptoms.

Do not use the Gear VR until all symptoms have completely subsided for several Make sure you have properly configured the Gear VR before resuming use.
Be mindful of the type of content that you were using prior to the onset of any symptoms because you may be more prone to symptoms based upon the content being
See a doctor if you have serious and/or persistent
Repetitive Stress Injury:

Using the Gear VR can make your muscles, joints or skin hurt. If any part of your body becomes tired or sore while using the Gear VR, or if you feel symptoms such as tingling, numbness, burning or stiffness, stop and rest for several hours before using the Gear VR again. If you continue to have any of the above symptoms or other discomfort during or after play, stop using the Gear VR and see a doctor.

Interference with Medical Devices:

The Gear VR includes earphones that contain magnets and can emit radio waves. These can affect the operation of nearby electronics, including cardiac pacemakers hearing aids and defibrillators. If you have a pacemaker or other implanted medical device, do not use the Gear VR without first consulting your doctor or the manufacturer of your medical device. Maintain a safe distance between the Gear VR and your medical devices, and stop using the Gear VR if you observe a persistent interference with your medical device.