When choosing a pair of eyeglasses, what appeals to you most? A certain color frame, a brand you love? Have you ever chosen based on lens colors and coatings? Here’s a guide to lens coatings to consider in your selection process for eyeglasses and sunglasses.
There are four different types of lens coatings to consider when shopping for a new pair of shades. Each one is specific to your eyeglass needs.
Scratch Resistant: Scratches on a pair of sunglasses can be pretty annoying, especially since they’re often in the line of vision. Although no glasses are scratch-proof, you can get a scratch-resistant lens coating on your glasses. Some glasses have a scratch-resistant coating built-in and for others a clear coating can be applied.
Anti-Reflective: Anti-reflective lenses are pretty common. The thin coating on your lenses reduces glare and reflection in your glasses to better see and show off your eyes. Night-time driving can also be aided with an anti-reflective lens.
Tinted & Blue-Light Blocking: Have you ever bought a pair of sunglasses based on the color lens? There are pastel-colored lenses like light blue or yellow through various shades of gray, but did you know there are reasons behind the coloring? Gray reduces brightness and glare; brown lenses can brighten vision on cloudy days; yellow and orange can increase contrast in low-light conditions like fog, haze, and snow-related sports; blue lenses can reduce blue-light and glare; and red/pink lenses can block blue light and can help with driving visibility.
UV-Protection: If you spend a lot of time outdoors and or in the sun, ultraviolet (UV) protection is a must. Over time the sun’s damaging rays can harm your eyes and cause cataracts and retinal damage. All Maui Jim sunglasses block 100% of UV ray; make sure to ask about others and lens coatings when purchasing your next pair of glasses and sunglasses.
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