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What is an AR coating, and do I really need it?

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It’s a problem only those who wear glasses understand. You’re trying to take a selfie, but every time it seems like there’s a large glare where your eyes should be in the photo. That’s likely caused by the lack of an AR coating on your lenses. While it might make it tough to take that perfect selfie, it affects your vision too.

AR coating is an anti-reflective coating that is applied to the front of your glasses--so you don’t get the reflections that bounce off the front of your lenses. Instead, the light passes through the lens and enters the eyes, giving you sharper, clearer vision (especially at night). In this way, AR coating in a sense takes your vision from standard to high-definition.

AR1By eliminating reflections, AR coating also makes your lenses look nearly invisible so people can see your eyes and facial expressions more clearly. Anti-reflective glasses also are more attractive, so you can look your best in all lighting conditions.

AR coating is especially beneficial when used on high-index lenses, which reflect more light than regular plastic lenses.

Additionally, AR coatings help protect your lenses from scratches and smudges, repel dust and water, and defend against UV exposure. AR coatings can also reduce eye strain caused by glare and reflections, and prevent the “halos” you might see from oncoming cars at night.

Your computer glasses should also include AR coating since the glare from your screen can cause eye strain. AR coating will eliminate that light reflection and make your computer and digital device use more comfortable on your AR2eyes.

Need another reason to enhance your next pair of glasses with an AR coating? VSP members can receive a $35 mail-in rebate when they purchase Unity Progressive Lenses from a doctor participating in the VSP Global Premier Program, with at least one of these AR coatings: Unity Anti-Reflective Coating or blue light-reducing TechShield Blue.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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