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Lens Coatings: Which One is Right for You?


There are a variety of lens coatings available that can enhance the performance, durability, as well as the appearance of your lenses. Whether you wear bifocals, progressive lenses, or single vision lenses, you can benefit from the anti-reflective coating, scratch-resistant coating, anti-fog coating, and ultraviolet treatment.

Lens Coatings: Which One is Right for You?

Anti-Reflective Coating for Nearly Invisible Lenses

This type of coating, also called anti-glare coating or AR Coating is a think multilayer coating that can eliminate reflections from the front and back surfaces of your lenses. By removing these reflections, your lenses will appear nearly invisible, creating a more pleasing appearance and allowing people to focus on your eyes rather than your lenses.

This coating will also eliminate glare from light reflecting off of your lenses. This provides better vision for reading, computer use, and driving at night. AR coating is recommended for all lenses, especially for high-index lenses and polycarbonate lenses, which tend to reflect more light than other types of lenses.

Anti-Fog Coating for Clear Vision in Cold Weather

Anyone who wears glasses and lives in a colder climate knows how frustrating it can be to have your glasses fog up as soon as you come back in from the cold. This limits your vision until the fog has cleared up, creating a safety issue, particularly for people such as first responders or police officers who respond to emergency calls in the colder weather.

Opticote provides a permanent anti-fog coating called Fog-Free. This factory-applied coating offers a permanent solution to the issue of foggy lenses and can be applied to all types of lenses. Another option is Optifog lenses by Essilor. This technology involves applying a drop of Optifog Activator to each side of your lenses and then wiping/spreading it across the surface of the lens. This treatment works for about one week per treatment.

Ultraviolet Treatment to Protect Your Vision

Another lens treatment to consider is the invisible dye that can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. When eyes are overexposed to UV light, they can develop conditions such as retinal damage, cataracts, and other eye problems.

This treatment can be added to your sunglasses to boost UV protection and can be added to a variety of other lenses to keep your eyes safe from the sun’s rays. Some lenses have built-in UV protection, such as polycarbonate lenses or photochromic lenses.

Scratch-Resistant Coating to Protect Your Lenses

No eyeglass lenses are scratch-proof, but with a scratch-resistant coating, you can make them much less likely to become scratched. When coated on each side of the lens with scratch-resistant coating, your lenses become much harder, making them more resistant to scratches caused by dropping them on the floor or using a paper towel to clean them.

Scratch-resistant coating is excellent for children’s glasses, providing exceptional durability during playtime. Many of today’s lenses already have a built-in scratch-resistant coating, so be sure to check with your eye doctor whether the lenses you are purchasing have this coating built-in or not.

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At Dittman Eyecare, we provide comprehensive eye exams to get your prescription updated and help you select the best lenses and lens coatings to suit your lifestyle. With a wide variety of name brand name frames and lens coatings to choose from, our expert staff can help you find the perfect pair of glasses! Contact us today to schedule an exam.

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