With the help of Virtual Reality, the world of eyewear has undergone a paradigm shift. The future of eyewear has arrived and is here to stay. In 2022, we expect eyeglasses to transform from functional optical devices to fashion accessories. That’s because the trend of wearing them is likely to change from functional to fashionable as well.

For the past several years, the glasses industry has undergone rapid transformations and improved its competitiveness. This year, we expect the eyeglasses industry to grow at a great CAGR. Here’s what the trend could look like by the end of 2022:

1. 3D Printing for Frames.

This is another entry to expect in the glasses trend of 2022. 3D printing has allowed for the rise of new, innovative goods and is changing manufacturing. In this trend, eyeglasses can be printed much more quickly and cheaply than they would be with traditional manufacturing techniques. Probably, framed glasses could be 3D printed, allowing for a more personalized experience.

The glasses will also become customizable and customized to the individual’s style preference simply by downloading an app that allows them to do so. The future of eyewear looks bright and as we continue to progress into the future eyewear, there will be countless innovations in fashion and technology coming our way.

2. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

The glasses industry is going to be driven by augmented reality and virtual reality. The technology of AR/VR will become more mainstream as it is integrated into our everyday lives. Many companies in the glasses market are already integrating the technology into their product lines.

In addition to the technologies of AR and VR, we also expect 3D technology to take an important step up this year with new advancements in the field. What’s especially interesting about these advancements is that they’re likely to have a positive impact on the sale of 3D TVs as well.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are expected to change the way we interact with our eyeglasses just like how mobile phones changed the way we interacted with other devices. We see an increase in AR/VR use cases and 3D TV penetration in 2022.

3. AI-Enabled Eyeglasses.

One of the major technological advancements that will shape the future of eyewear is AI-enabled glasses. The rise of AI will lead to more innovative and technologically advanced products for consumers. For instance, an eyeglass that monitors your health, oxygen levels, and heart rate via biometric sensors could be used in emergencies.

Another trend we expect to see in augmented reality eyewear. In 2022, these glasses are expected to provide users with a holographic view of their surroundings. This would make it easier for those with poor vision or bad eyesight to navigate the world around them.

Again, we also expect smart sunglasses to become a popular option for those who want access to all the benefits of digital devices without having a bulky headset on their head.

4. Sensors & Cloud-Connected Frames.

Manufacturers will be able to build sensors and cloud-connected cool glasses. Sensors will allow for facial recognition, location tracking, and biometric verification. Cloud-connected frames will enable the wearer to share their images with their social media followers or send them a selfie through voice commands. With this new technology, wearers will have more privacy and personal control over their data.

5. Wearable Eyewear.

Wearable eyewear is one of the most important trends in the global eyeglasses industry. The wearable eyewear market has witnessed a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% since 2013 and will continue to grow till 2022 as well. People will want to wear their glasses, not just to complete their outfit, but also because wearing them is a cool thing to do. Think of the trend as “fashion eyeglasses,” not just “functionality eyeglasses.”


With more and more trends arising, consumers are more and more interested in how products are made. The glasses trend of 2022 will be no exception. The future of eyewear looks like a mix of digital and physical technologies.

We’ll see a lot more AR and VR eyewear, as well as more 3D printing for frame-making. There will also be a shift in the way frames are made, including the introduction of sensors and cloud-connected frames. The industry is also on the cusp of AI-enabled eyewear. It’ll be fascinating to see how these trends develop and what they mean for the eyewear industry.