If you wear eyeglasses or you’re about to choose a new pair, you might consider buying anti-reflective lenses. But how do they work? Are they useful when working on a computer? How to care for them? And in the end, are they worth it?
Here’s everything you need to know before making a choice.
- What’s an anti-reflective coating and how it works
- How to tell if lenses have an anti-reflective treatment
- What’s the difference between anti-reflective, anti-blue light and polarized lenses
- Can I have both the anti-reflective and anti-blue light treatment on the same pair of lenses?
- Is it possible to add anti-reflective coating on polarized lenses?
- How to take care of anti-reflective lenses
- How to buy anti-reflective glasses online
An anti-reflective coating is a special lens treatment used to minimize glares on the surface of your eyeglass lenses. Such glares can cause great discomfort, especially after sunset.
Through non-anti-reflective lenses, the street lights and the vehicles’ front/rear lights look dazzling, so it’s hard to clearly distinguish what you are seeing.
This happens because the lenses reflect the light instead of letting it pass through and reach the eye. This is what opticians call low lens transmittance. The purpose of an anti-reflective treatment is to increase such transmittance, thus enhancing:
– the ability to clearly distinguish the contours of objects
– the vision’s sharpness and comfort.
There are different types of anti-reflective coatings: the most advanced ones include a water-repellent layer that makes them easier to clean.
Anti-reflective lenses have an almost imperceptible green tinge, depending on the coating’s material. When you wear them, you will immediately notice that your vision is bright and clearer and that there are no halos around the lights.
Moreover, the lenses look completely transparent and people can clearly see your eyes through them.
The anti-reflective coating is different from the anti-blue light filter (also known as Blue Protect): the latter blocks harmful blue light coming from the screens of your devices and helps prevent issues related to digital eye strain (such as inflammations of the conjunctiva and cornea, premature aging, and insomnia).
Anti-reflective lenses are also different from polarized ones, designed to block the natural glare of sunlight. Polarized lenses always come in a colored tint (pink, gray, green, or brown) and are especially recommended for outdoor sports activities or daytime driving.
You could, but it would be useless, since anti-blue light lenses are also anti-reflective.
Yes, but it’s usually done only on the back of the lenses since the front is treated with a different light-blocking technology.
Anti-reflective coatings are usually quite durable (three years at last).
To prevent the anti-reflective coating from being damaged, use some simple precautions such as keeping the glasses away from heat sources.
When damaged, anti-reflective coatings on organic lenses (i.e. made of plastic or CR-39) could be removed at home using specific kits or cold potassium hydroxide. If the lenses are made of glass, it is necessary to use a hot potassium hydroxide solution and carry out a procedure that might be dangerous for your health.
We wouldn’t recommend any of these do-it-yourself processes, as they are very likely to ruin the lenses. Always ask your optician first and consider replacing the lenses.
On otticalipari.it you can buy prescription glasses with Zeiss® lenses and add the anti-reflective coating with a few clicks.
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