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Published on February 21, 2020 by

When it comes to choosing glasses, there are a lot of different things to think about and we aren’t just talking about which style and color frames will best suit your face shape and personal style. The lenses themselves have several different variations, including the materials used to create them and the coatings that can cover them. One of the options that you may be given is to give your lenses an anti-glare coating, which is also sometimes known as AR or anti-reflective coating. Some people may think of these additional extras as unnecessary, but there are a variety of reasons why you should seriously consider getting anti-glare lenses. 


Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of choosing anti-glare lenses. 


Safer driving

Many people struggle to see clearly when driving at night, particularly when wearing regular frames. This is because of the glare from light sources including vehicle lights, street lighting and more. An anti-reflective coating on your lenses can eliminate many of the reflections that make it hard to focus, better enabling you to recognize any potential hazards on the road, especially at nighttime. 


Clarity of vision

Research has shown that anti-reflective coatings can reduce any distracting reflections and help patients to experience much clearer and sharper natural vision. This can improve the quality of your day to day life by making tasks that require concentration easier to perform. 


Reduce eye strain

Eye strain is extremely common, particularly amongst people who use computers and other digital devices for work. In fact, research by The Vision Council found that more than 65% of professionals experience digital eye strain regularly. The symptoms of this condition include dry, itchy eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue, headaches and eye pain. Anti-glare lenses remove any distracting reflections and make it much easier to focus on what you are doing, reducing the likelihood of developing eye strain. 


Eye contact

For the majority of people, eye contact is an important part of communication. Being able to look into someone’s eyes helps you to understand what they are saying and what emotions they are conveying, and is a sign of honesty, openness and trust. Unfortunately, when your lenses don’t have anti-reflective coating, people talking to you will only see reflections of the light in the area and themselves, rather than your eyes. This is also beneficial if you wear your glasses for photographs as AR coating will mean that your eyes can be captured on the image, rather than a flash of reflection in the lenses. 


Increased durability

Although it may not be the main reason why you have opted for anti-glare lenses, no doubt doing so will also increase their durability. This is because the coating offers a certain degree of scratch resistance as well as resistance to dirt and moisture. 



If you would like more information about anti-glare lenses and what they can do to benefit you and your vision, please get in touch with our expert team of eye care specialists who will be delighted to help. 



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