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What Are Anti-Reflective Lens Coatings?


When ordering a new pair of glasses your optometrist will ask whether you want to customize your lenses. One of the most popular options: anti-reflective (AR) lens coatings that reduce glare.

Below, we’ll explain how AR coatings work and why they’re so favored.

What Are Anti-Reflective Lens Coatings? 

AR coatings are lens enhancements that reduce glare from the front and back surfaces of each lens. They help to improve how light is transmitted through the lens, and into your eye. Most anti-reflective coatings allow 99.5% of light to pass through the lens, compared to 92% with regular lenses.

This specialized coating is a microscopic layer of metal oxides that neutralize reflections.

What Are Some Benefits of AR Coatings?

Lenses without AR coatings have visible glare, which means that light is being reflected off of their surfaces, reducing the amount of light passing through the lens. This can impair the clarity and contrast of your vision, especially at night.

Driving at night becomes much easier when you have AR coatings on your glasses. The halos around vehicle lights are greatly diminished.

AR coatings can also reduce eye fatigue and certain symptoms of digital eye strain. Because your eyes receive more light, they don’t have to work as hard to capture a clear image.

Another benefit of AR coatings: they improve the appearance of your glasses and your eyes. Whoever is looking at you won’t be distracted by reflections and glare bouncing off your glasses. Instead, they’ll have a clear view of your eyes, allowing for better eye contact.

Anti-reflective coatings can be applied to regular eyeglasses as well as sunglasses, for optimal clarity throughout your day.

If you think AR coatings are right for you, we can help! To schedule an appointment, call Palmer N. Lee, O.D. in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom, and Sacramento today.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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