Focus on lenses – Clearer, tougher – lens coatings
Focus on lenses – coatings
- Glare resistant coatingsOpen
If you struggle with dazzle and glare, ask your optician about ‘anti-reflection’ coatings. Ultra- thin layers on the lens surfaces eliminate reflections and dramatically reduce glare. A lens with an anti-reflection or ‘AR’ coating also gives better vision for night driving, working under fluorescent light, and for computer use. Another benefit is that your eyes will no longer be hidden by your specs! If you look carefully you can see this microscopically thin coating as a hint of blue/green at certain angles, but looking straight on it renders your lenses super-clear. Almost every pair of specs comes with an AR coating nowadays, and it is an essential if you have high index lenses for a high prescription. Ask your registered dispensing optician for advice on whether this coating will suit you.
- Scratch-resistant coatingsOpen
Do your specs get scratched? A scratch-resistant coating creates a much tougher surface on lenses. No coating can totally protect your specs, but this technology gives glasses a longer life and ensures your lenses stay clear. Almost every pair of specs comes with a scratch resistant coating nowadays. Ask your registered dispensing optician for advice on whether this will suit you.
- Water resistant coatingsOpen
Do you struggle with your specs in the rain or in a steamy kitchen? New water-resistant treatments repels water droplets, keeping your vision as clear as possible. The water rolls into small droplets and slides off the lens with ease. Ask your registered dispensing optician to advise on if this coating will suit you.
- UV ProtectionOpen
A clear filter on the lenses will protect your eyes from damaging UV light. This is a great option for all glasses, not just sunglasses. UV light has been linked to the development of cataracts and eye cancer. If you regularly spend time outdoors you should opt for UV protection on your everyday specs. Ask your registered dispensing optician for advice whether if this coating will suit you.