When you’re picking out a new pair of glasses, there are a lot of things to consider. When it comes to the lenses themselves, you may be wondering if an anti-reflective coating is worth the cost.

If you’ve been on the fence about anti-reflective lenses, read this first. We have the information you’ll need to make an informed decision.

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What do anti-reflective coated lenses actually do?

You may also hear these lenses referred to as AR coatings or anti-glare coatings. Whatever they’re called, here’s how they’ll work.

Without the anti-reflective coating, reflections can happen in both the inner and outer surface of your glasses lenses. Lenses equipped with this coating help prevent reflections from happening. Without reflections, more light is able to pass through. This can help improve your visual acuity, which is especially helpful at night.

Another benefit to opting for anti-reflective coating? Less glare means people can clearly see your eyes. These coatings help you see better, but also help you look better, too. You know how important eye contact can be to personal and professional relationships. Anti-reflective coatings help you maintain that eye contact more easily.

Your eyes will also show up properly in photos, without glare from sunlight or the flash blocking your features.

What kind of anti-reflective coatings are there?

When it comes to choosing the right anti-reflective coating for you, you’ll have a few options. There are several different well-known manufacturers out there. Depending on your specific needs, you may be directed toward a certain manufacturer.

The anti-reflective coating is applied to the lenses on your glasses after they’ve been made. This means the coating will need to be applied to both sides of the glasses for full effectiveness. The kind of coating you decide to go with may depend on where you use your glasses the most.

Spend a lot of time in front of a computer monitor? If that’s the case, you may find an anti-reflective coating that’s formulated to filter out blue light works best for you. This will make your time in front of the screen more pleasant by preventing eye strain. It can even help prevent long term damage from taking place to your eyesight.

Anti-reflective coatings can even be used on sunglasses. When they are, though, they may not be applied to the front of the lens. Sunglasses are frequently heavily tinted and maintaining eye contact is less of a concern. Anti-reflective coatings on the back of the lens, though, helps prevent bright light from bouncing back into your eyes.

Taking care of anti-reflective lenses

You’ll find caring for your glasses with anti-reflective coating isn’t hard. Make sure they’re stored safely in a proper case and that they’re cleaned regularly. Always avoid harsh chemicals and anything that will interact badly with or damage the anti-reflective coating. Your doctor can help you choose a great cleaning product.

Ready to take the leap and bring home anti-reflective coated lenses? Come in for a visit and see us at Main Fashion Optical. Our professional and capable staff of stylists and opticians can get you the new lenses you’re looking for. Plus, with our on-site lab, your new lenses will be ready in a flash.