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Is It Worth Getting Anti-Reflective Coating for Your Prescription Glasses

Have you ever been bothered by glare from the computer screen or from car headlights when you’re driving? What about constantly suffering from eyestrain whenever you’re using your computer? Distractions like these can become a real detriment to your daily activities, especially if they require a high degree of concentration. If you happen to experience these kinds of things, you might want to consider asking your optometrist about adding anti-reflective coating to your glasses.

What is Anti-Reflective Coating?

Anti-reflective (AR) or anti-glare coating is a compound that can be applied to eyeglasses and sunglasses. It can eliminate reflections from the front and back of your glasses. Because of this property, it can improve vision.

Reflections on lenses disrupt light from passing through the lens and thereby interfere with our vision. By removing the glare or reflection, the coating allows more light to pass through. By giving your eyes can more light to use, it allows for much sharper vision. This can be very useful when you are driving at night as glare from headlights in front or behind you can affect your vision or distract you.

Another effect of anti-reflective coating is to reduce eyestrain for those who constantly use computers and smart phones. When you look at a computer screen, light is reflected off your glasses. Since reflections lower the amount of light passing through your glasses, it forces your eyes to work harder. After several hours, you’ll start feeling eyestrain and other symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. But since the AR coating eliminates reflection, your eyes won’t need to strain as much, and you will become more comfortable while you work or play.

The final benefit of anti-reflective coating is aesthetic – they make your glasses look better. Because the reflections are eliminated, people won’t even notice the lens on your glasses. This allows them to look at your eyes without obstruction. If you get your picture taken while wearing them, your glasses won’t be reflecting light from the camera flash like they normally would.

Is It Worth it?

Admittedly, the cost of anti-reflective coating can make some customers pause. While not everyone needs it, there are many people who can benefit from having AR coating applied on their glasses. These include:

  • Users of high-index lenses greatly benefit from AR coating as their lenses are more reflective than other types of lenses. They are more susceptible to the issue of glare and reflections.
  • Computer users who spend 8 or more hours daily looking at a computer screen. As previously mentioned, the anti-reflective coating helps reduce eye-strain and makes working much more comfortable.
  • Children and older individuals who like to play video games or spend a lot of time on their smart phones. These types of people tend to complain about eye-strain and will find glasses with anti-reflective coating useful.
  • Studies have shown that individuals who suffer from cataracts benefit from using glasses with anti-reflective coating.
  • If you live in a sunny area like West Palm, Greenacres, or Wellington and spend a lot of time outdoors AR helps reduce the glare from sunlight.

The next time that you are at Planet Vision Eyecare to have an eye exam or to get a new pair of glasses, ask Dr. Hetel Bhakta if AR is right for you. Planet Vision’s opticians are able to apply anti-reflective coating on any pair of eyeglasses sold.