During your eye exam, your eye doctor will talk to you about special lens coatings that can be added to your eyeglasses. Lens coatings can improve your lenses’ performance, durability and even appearance.
Today, Eyesite of the Villages discusses common lens coatings you might want to consider:
An anti-reflective coating helps eliminate reflections and halos around lights. This thin coating makes your lenses nearly invisible, allowing others to see your eyes rather than a reflection. This coating comprises multiple layers that work to decrease glare from the front and back surfaces of your eyeglass lenses. It also enhances light transmission so that you won’t have any trouble reading, using devices or driving at night.
Your eyes, much like your skin, need protection from the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much exposure to UV light can put you at risk of cataracts. This is why your cataract doctor may have suggested adding a UV-protective coating to your lenses. This special coating can block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
Another popular lens treatment is a photochromic coating. This allows your lenses to darken automatically once they are exposed to sunlight. Your lenses will return to their clear state when go back indoors. With a photochromic coating, your eyeglasses can double as sunglasses.
Scratched lenses are not only distracting, but they can also compromise your visual clarity. This is why your optometrist may have recommended upgrading your lenses with scratch-resistant coating. Both the front and back sides of your lenses will be treated with a much harder substance to provide enhanced durability. With this coating, your lenses should remain scratch-free even if you drop them on a rough surface or wipe them with a tough material.
To learn more about lens coatings or to speak to a glaucoma doctor, call us at (352) 504-4560. We serve residents in The Villages, FL, and nearby communities.