When it comes to buying glasses, the number of frame and lens options can be overwhelming. It may seem as though there are endless add-ons or upgrades, and understanding what lens options are best for you is important in order to ensure that you are happy with your final pair of glasses. We’ve simplified some of the more popular lens and coating options for you here.
Anti-Reflective Lenses: Reduce Glare and Improve Vision
Commonly called AR coating by optometrists and opticians, anti-reflective lenses eliminate glare and reflections from both the front surface and back surface of your lenses. Reducing glare makes your lenses essentially appear invisible; they are more cosmetically appealing both in person and in photographs. AR coating is particularly useful for night driving, as it eliminates reflections or halos from oncoming headlights. Most vision plans provide a discount for this coating, though it may not be completely covered.
Photochromic Lenses: Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Light
Photochromic lenses are clear lenses that, when exposed to UV sunlight, become darkly tinted and appear as sunglasses. For those who wear glasses full time and want to avoid spending money on a pair of clear glasses and a pair of prescription sunglasses, photochromic lenses may be a cost-effective option. Nearly every material of lens can be made with photochromic properties, and additional coatings, such as AR coating, can be added to these lenses. While photochromic lenses are convenient sun protection for many people, there may be some drawbacks. Some brands of photochromic lenses don’t darken in the car because of the UV-blocking properties of windshields. Additionally, some people find that certain photochromic lenses are slow to transition back into clear lenses after coming inside on a sunny day. Like AR coatings, your vision plan may offer a discount on this type of lens.
High-Index Lenses: Keep Your Lenses Sleek and Thin
If you have a strong eyeglass prescription, high-index lenses are made of a special material to keep your lenses thin and lightweight. It helps reduce the thickness of the edges of your lenses, making your glasses more attractive. High-index lenses decrease the overall weight of your lenses and glasses. AR or photochromic coatings can be added to these lenses to make them more specialized and effective.
Wrapping it Up
AR coating, photochromic tint, and high-index lenses are just a few of the many options that can improve your satisfaction when purchasing new lenses, but there are lots of other options to help specialize your glasses.