Is anti reflective coating worth it?

Lensmart 2023-12-11 18:28:43

You're now shopping for a new pair of eyeglass frames, checking out their features, and seeing that they come with an anti-reflective coating. For others, this may be their first time knowing this feature in eyeglasses. Essentially, this coating can either be added to all the seller's eyeglasses or per request from the customer.


 Glasses with anti-reflective coating

What is the purpose of the anti-refective coating on glasses?

An anti reflective coating or AR coating is a specific type of coating for eyeglasses that lessens the reflective light. This means more light can pass through the eyeglass lenses than bounce off them. As a result, you'll have little to no reflections on the back and front surfaces of lenses.


You cannot apply the anti reflective coating on your eyeglasses, as placing it on the lenses is highly technical and involves vacuum deposition technology. As mentioned, eyeglasses with an anti-reflective coating have already been applied to the lenses in the factory. However, those eyeglasses with multifocal and progressive lenses have AR coatings after customizing the lenses based on the eye prescription.

Is anti reflective coating worth it?

It is a given fact that buying a pair of eyeglasses is an investment, especially for those with various vision problems. You must get your money's worth after purchasing. Hence, some might wonder whether their lenses' anti reflective coating feature will do any good.


Generally, one can benefit from wearing eyeglasses with an anti reflective coating. Check out the list below.


1. Increases visual clarity. Since more light passes through your lenses, the AR coating enhances how you see the surroundings. Whether inside watching television or running errands, the coating provides better vision.

2. Improves one's appearance. The anti reflective coating will make you look better, as people will not see the reflections in your eyeglasses. As a result, it increases the visibility of the eyes.

3. It's durable. Eyeglasses with an AR coating generally last longer than regular ones. They protect your lenses from smudges and scratches.

4. Reduces blue light exposure. Working longer hours in front of digital screens can cause eye strain. With an anti reflective coating, the eyes will be protected against glare, reducing the exposure to blue light.


How long does anti-reflective coating last?

Experts say the anti reflective coating on your prescription glasses can last up to two years. It's technically worth an investment. Remember that you must also replace your lenses with another one after the given duration. As you know, the coating will generally wear off under several conditions, like scratches and poor-quality solutions and equipment. You'll notice the change in vision and appearance once the coating wears off.


How to buy the best anti reflective glasses?

Manufacturers of eyeglasses have varying formulas for their AR coatings, but generally, these coatings are made of metallic oxides where every layer impacts several light wavelengths. Besides this, it's also essential to check whether the AR coating is automatically added to the lenses or inform the eyeglasses seller to add the coating before buying. Most importantly, if you want to customize your lenses with the eye prescriptions, remind the manufacturer to add the AR coating before delivering the frame to you.


How to clean eyeglasses with anti reflective coating?

Taking care of your anti reflective coating eyeglasses is generally the same as cleaning your other eyeglasses. Here are three easy tips to follow to make your eyeglasses last up to two years.


1. Carefully keep them when not in use. This means you must put your eyeglasses in a case. Avoid throwing them inside your pocket or bag, as they easily scratch. If you need to remove your glasses briefly, remember to place them with the lenses facing up.


2. A microfiber cloth is essential for wiping. Remember that using any fabric or napkin can scratch the AR coating. Ensure to wipe your lenses with a clean microfiber cloth, which usually comes together when you purchase your glasses.


3. Handle your glasses with care. It is best to exercise caution as eyeglasses with an AR coating can easily scratch.



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