Lens coatings are a prevalent optical technology, involving the application of special films to eyeglass lenses to enhance optical performance and provide an excellent visual experience. This innovative coating technology is widely adopted in modern eyewear manufacturing to offer users a more comfortable, clearer, and safer vision.
Today’s lens coatings consist of multilayers with diverse functions, such as increasing light transmission, reducing glare, enhancing surface hardness and smoothness, and facilitating easy cleaning. Furthermore, these coatings deliver comprehensive protection, extending the lenses’ lifespan.
Let’s delve into the distinct functions of these multilayer coatings:
Resin lenses are coated with an organic silicon layer on both sides, boasting remarkable hardness and adhesion. This layer significantly improves lens durability, making them resilient against scratches and everyday wear and tear.
Anti-Reflective (AR) Coating
Without AR coatings, lenses are prone to glare from reflections and refractions, resulting in diminished light transmission and image clarity. AR-coated lenses offer exceptional light transmission, reducing surface reflections and glare to more than 98%. This ensures a sharper visual experience and enhances aesthetics. Zenni’s AR-coated lenses feature multilayer AR coatings to maximize visible light transmission, providing you with a clearer and brighter vision.
Many users might not be aware that resin lenses have high insulation, leading to the accumulation of electrostatic charge, which attracts dust and dirt. Zenni’s coated lenses include an additional layer of anti-static coating that incorporates special metals like ITO (Indium Tin Oxide). This layer minimizes static electricity, reducing dust adhesion and maintaining crystal-clear lenses. The best part is that this comes as a complimentary feature!
Water and Oil-Resistant Coating
Daily use often results in smudges on lenses, necessitating frequent cleaning. This happens due to the porous structure of AR coatings, which tends to accumulate smudges that are challenging to remove. The oil and water-resistant coating introduces an extra layer on the lens’s surface, forming a dense, smooth film. This minimizes the adherence of dust and smudges, making cleaning a breeze. Such a coating maximizes the lens’s longevity and your satisfaction.
In environments characterized by humidity or rapid temperature changes, lens fog can obstruct your vision. This is a common issue for drivers, swimmers, and outdoor enthusiasts. The anti-fog coating applies a hydrophilic material to the lens’s surface, which attracts and absorbs moisture. This innovative technology functions similarly to the moisture-absorbing properties of tears, preventing moisture build-up on the lens. When used in combination with an anti-fog cloth, the anti-fog effect is further accentuated.
Please note that you cannot select both oil and water-resistant coatings and anti-fog coatings simultaneously. When choosing coating layers, it’s essential to consider your specific needs.
In summary, lens coatings play a pivotal role in improving your visual experience and safeguarding your eyeglasses investment. At Zenni, we offer a range of coated lenses tailored to your unique requirements. Don’t allow lens issues to obscure your vision. Enhance your sight today!
About the Author: Dr. Steven Lee
Dr. Steven Lee is a visionary leader in the eye care and telemedicine sectors and has built a remarkable career by combining his formal training in eye care, engineering expertise, and a passion for innovation. Dr. Lee serves as Zenni’s the Head of Optical Product.