Dr. Jim Martin 11/13/2014

boy-eyeglasses.jpgIf you wear glasses, you should give serious consideration to adding a special coating to your lenses. There are numerous types of glasses coatings available, including non-glare, anti-scratch, anti-UV and Transitions. Some will improve your quality of vision while others can actually improve your health.

A lens coating is an extremely thin layer of material that is applied to the front and/or back sides of glasses' lenses. You can have them added together all at once or choose one type that you think will most benefit you. Thankfully, the many different coating types can be combined to build the ultimate lens. Let's take a look at each type of coating so you can determine if they are right for you.


The non-glare coating boosts your vision by eliminating reflections of light from both the front and back of your glasses. Those with high-index lenses will find that the non-glare coating is quite effective at reducing glare from the environment. Today's non-glare coating has become so advanced that it can eliminate nearly all the reflection of light from your glasses. Others will notice little if any glare on your lenses and more importantly, you'll have crystal clear vision.


One of the most popular lens coatings is the anti-scratch coating. For those who are especially active, this coating is almost a necessity. Anyone who plays sports with their friends or kids knows how vulnerable their glasses are. A deep lens scratch has the potential to become quite the expensive problem. The anti-scratch coating protects (but will not totally eliminate scratches) your sizable glasses investment by toughening up the lenses to increase their durability. This way, you can live an active life without being paranoid about lens scratches costing you money in terms of repairs or replacements. Also, consider how unsightly and distracting lens scratches are.


The anti-UV coating protects your sensitive eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays. When the coating is applied, your lenses will block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. This way, your eyes are protected from UV radiation's damaging effects.


Transitions lenses are quite the technological marvel. They automatically darken when the sun is out and return to their normal translucent state when you are back inside. This way, your eyes won't be exposed to harmful UV rays while outdoors and you'll be able to see better when the bright sun is shining. Consider the fact that one's lifetime exposure to UV radiation has been linked with cataracts and you'll be inclined to opt for transition lenses. They're also much more convenient than alternating between your regular glasses and sunglasses.

If you’re interested in applying a coating to your next set of glasses, contact Broome Optical in Amarillo, voted Best Optometrist and Best Eyewear in Amarillo for 2014.

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