Lens coatings are applied to the lenses of your eyeglasses to enhance their durability and performance. If you are thinking about purchasing new eyeglasses, it is important to understand the different types of lens coatings available on the market.
An optometrist explains the qualities and benefits of these lens coatings here.
- Anti-Reflective. This is a microscopically thin multilayer coating that reduces the amount of light reflected off the surfaces of spectacles. If you frequently drive at night, you may find this type of coating especially useful. Anti-reflective coatings are recommended for all lenses, but particularly for polycarbonate and high-index lenses.
- Scratch-Resistant. Scratch-resistant lens coatings are applied to the front and back of lenses to make the surface harder and more resistant to scratches. This type of coating is an optional add-on, so make sure your eyeglasses and contact lenses specialist knows that you want to add hard coating to your lenses for enhanced durability.
- UV-Protective. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can lead to a host of vision problems, such as cataracts and retinal damage. While many lenses have UV protection built in, you may choose to purchase an additional treatment like a UV-protective coating to fully safeguard your eyes. If your profession or lifestyle requires you to spend a lot of time outdoors, this coating is particularly beneficial.
- Tinted and Blue-Blocking. To minimize the amount of visible light that enters your eyes, consider eyeglasses with tinted lenses. Tints may also improve contrast for people with light sensitivity or degenerative retinal disorders. In some cases, even light tints like pastel blue or pink may increase contrast, which is incredibly helpful to marksmen and pilots working in the outside light.
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