In modern society, eyeglasses can be seen on virtually every face in the US, whether or not the wearer needs corrective lenses. Glasses can be used for nearly any purpose, such as fashion, sports, blocking the sun, safety, or even for things like virtual reality. Let’s learn about the future of eyewear below.
Once, glasses were a crude, glass-blown lens fitted into leather or wooden frames and perched on the nose or held in the hand. Today, glasses have more uses than we could count, and the accuracy of lens crafting has made glasses as common to the human experience as jewelry or hats.
Not only are glasses useful for the most common purposes, but they are also gaining ground with advanced technologies which are making glasses some of the most sophisticated tools in certain industries.
For instance, surgeons may use monocular smart glasses to watch patient vitals during operations. The head-mounted display has an optical engine in one lens, and augmented information is displayed out of the line of vision.
Binocular smart glasses can be used to overlay 2D and 3D graphics, and can be utilized by engineers fixing issues in the field. For instance, an engineer fixing an oil rig can receive augmented information from someone working in the office, regarding which valves need to be repaired.
From vision correction, to fashion statements, to super-powered vision, glasses are an integral part of our path into the future. Learn more about the future of eyewear in the infographic below: