Modern glasses come in many different forms and there are lots of different options available to ensure that your new frames and lenses will suit your requirements. One of the things that you will almost certainly be offered is something known as anti-glare lenses. What are they and how can they help you? Here’s everything you need to know about this popular lens option.
What are anti-glare lenses?
Anti-glare lenses, also sometimes known as anti-reflective lenses or AR coated lenses, are your standard prescription lenses that have been coated in a special substance that reduces the amount of glare that reflects off of your glasses. This is because the coating enables more light to pass through your lenses to your eye.
Why should I get anti-glare lenses?
There are a variety of different benefits to getting anti-glare coating applied to your lenses. These include, but are not limited to the following:
Easily one of the most important benefits of anti-glare lenses is that by allowing more light to pass through your lenses to your eye, more light reaches the retina which is the light-sensitive area of cells at the very back of the eye that is responsible for intercepting light and converting it into a signal which is sent to the brain via the optic nerve. This enhanced light will help to ensure that your vision is as sharp and clear as possible.
Less eye strain
Eye strain is very common, but many people don’t even realize that they are suffering from something that can easily be resolved. Eye strain occurs when we focus intently for long periods, such as on a computer or smartphone screen. The effects are unpleasant, including headaches, eye fatigue, dry eyes or excessive watering and can even result in a condition called myopia, better known as nearsightedness. This is where you can see objects close by clearly, but those that appear further away become blurred. Studies have shown that wearing anti-glare lenses can significantly reduce the effects of eye strain.
Most people would agree that eye contact is extremely important when communicating with people around you. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to make eye contact with someone wearing glasses. This is because when you are looking at them, glasses without anti-glare coating will reflect light at them, making it difficult or even impossible to see your eyes. This can be disconcerting for the person you are with. You may also notice a similar effect in photographs, where wearing your glasses may cause an unsightly glare in the images, hiding your eyes from view. Anti-glare lenses eliminate this issue and ensure that your eyes are visible at all times.
There are several different types of anti-glare coating available, and our experienced and knowledgeable eye care team would be happy to recommend which is most suitable for your individual needs. To find out more about anti-glare lenses, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our offices.