What is Anti-Reflective Coating?
Anti-Reflective Coating, also known as AR Coating and anti-glare coating, is used to improve your vision through the lenses and to also improve the appearance of your glasses. AR lenses improve the vision through your lens due to it’s ability to eliminate reflections of light from the front and back of your lenses. By eliminating the reflections, AR coating allows 99.5% of light to enter through the lens to the eye causing the lenses to look clearer, more attractive, and allowing the light to enter your eyes.
It is recommended that AR coating is placed on high-index lenses, since these lenses are known to reflect more light from the surface of the lenses. Adding the AR coating will allow more light to pass through the lens, instead of creating the pesky reflection that makes it difficult to drive at night.
The surface of the AR coated lens is treated with a “hydrophobic” treatment which repels water, eliminating the appearance of water spots. The AR lenses can also be treated with “oleo-phobic” treatment, which repels both water and oil. These lens treatments possess properties that make the lens seem as if it was non-stick cookware, but we don’t suggest using them to cook.
Benefits of AR Coating
Having AR coating on your lenses does not only enhance your look, but they are also beneficial for:
- Reducing glare and reflections.
- Reducing glare at night when driving.
- AR coating helps prevent “digital eye strain” for individuals who work in front of computers all day.
- Enhancing the appearance of your glasses.
- Making the lens appear invisible.
How to Care for Anti-Reflective Lenses
Since the AR coating is a special coating, caring for these lenses will require a bit more work. For example:
- NEVER clean lenses dry. Even if you only have water available rinse them off before you clean them so you don’t grind anything into your lenses.
- Only use a microfiber cloth, never use your tie or your shirt.
- Put your glasses in their case at night and when you’re not using them.
- You can put use an eye glass cleaner but skip most household dish soap as it can eat away at the lens.
- Keep alcohol and acetone away from your lenses, as they can eat away at your lens.
These care tips are suggested in an effort to ensure that your AR coating lasts as long as they can.
Adding the AR coating to your lenses will not only help you see better, and look better but with the AR coating you won’t have to shade your eyes when you go out into the sun, or squint trying to see through the glare and reflections.
Stop by a Stanton Optical location near you to get your eye exam and get your pair of Anti-Reflective lenses!