Which Eyeglasses Coatings Are Right For You?

  • BY Ryan

Eyewear lens coatings give a tailor-made solution to problems such as glasses fogging up, eye conditions caused by ultra-violet (UV) light, scratched lenses and too much glare.


Here’s a quick guide to see whether one or more eyeglasses coatings may be right for you:


Anti-Fog Eyeglasses Coatings

If you live in a cooler climate and keep reliving the annoying experience of having your lenses fog up whenever you go back indoors, an anti-fog eyeglass coating can end this misery.


It also may be a good choice for you if you perspire a lot or if fogged-up eyeglasses are going to be a safety issue when driving.


Anti-fog coatings reduce condensation to keep your lenses fog free. The coating is applied before your lenses are cut to fit your frames and is suitable for all lens material types.


UV Blocking Eyeglasses Coatings

Overexposure to ultra-violet light is thought to cause many eye problems such as cataracts and retinal impairments.


It’s a good idea to speak with your optometrist or other eye specialist if you have or are prone to these problems. He or she may recommend that your eyewear contains a UV blocking coating for the health of your eyes.


Some lenses, such as those made of polycarbonate, already include UV blocking eyeglasses coatings. Photochronic lenses also don’t require an added UV coating. When ordering eyewear, make sure that UV protection is included or is an extra option for you.


Scratch-Resistant Eyeglasses Coatings

Ideal for children’s glasses or for adults who are a little more lax with their eyewear care than they should be, scratch-resistant coatings can extend the life of lenses.


Remember though, that these coatings resist scratching, but can’t totally prevent it from occurring.


Using an eyeglasses case to store glasses and a microfiber cloth to clean them (just say “no” to paper towels!) can really help reduce the chance of lenses becoming scratched. But, scratch-resistant eyeglasses coatings also help strengthen lenses.


A front and back coating creates a harder lens which can be a very good thing if the glasses get dropped on the floor.


Some types of lenses already have a scratch-resistant coating included such as many polycarbonate varieties.


For other lens types, you will need to choose the option to have a scratch-resistant coating applied. It’s well worth it to make your, or your children’s, eyewear as durable as possible.


Anti-Reflective Eyeglasses Coatings

If you do a lot of reading, computer work or night driving, getting an anti-reflective eyeglasses coating can make these task much more pleasant — as well as safer when it comes to driving.


This thin, multi-layered coating, which is also called “anti-glare,” is also often recommended for high index eyeglasses.


As an extra ‘plus,’ anti-reflective eyeglasses coatings also tend to make glasses look more flattering on the face since, with the reduction of reflection, there is a better focus on your eyes rather than a distorted reflective appearance.


Thankfully, the reflections in glasses that inspired the term “four eyes” are now ancient history with anti-glare coatings.  You can let your baby blues, browns, greens or hazels shine on in their own right.


Tint Sunglasses Coatings

Rather than purchasing ready made sunglasses, you can customize your most flattering look by combining the frames you love with the ideal tint color for your skin, hair and personality. (Question: how fun is this? Answer: a lot!)


Try on greens, grays, browns and blacks to find your best tint colors. Another bonus is that you can choose a single tone, tinted look or have your lenses go from the darkest to lightest shades of your chosen tint color.