What do Lens Coatings Do?

When measuring your face for new prescription glasses, many Optometrists ask whether you would like to add specialized lens coatings to your new “specs”. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what kinds of benefits these technologies can offer, you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to lens coatings for prescription glasses, the office of Dr. Barry Leonard offers plenty of options. Read on to discover some of our most popular lens modifications and how they can make your glasses safer, healthier, and more comfortable!

Scratch Resistant Lens Coatings

Do you put your glasses through the wringer? Maybe you constantly scratch your lenses at soccer practice, drop them behind the bed, or fumble them onto the bathroom floor after a shower. It’s easy for those tiny scratches and chips to accumulate on the delicate surface of your glasses, especially if you wear them every day.

Squinting through a pair of scratched, blurry glasses all day can actually make your vision even worse over time. If your eyes are used to clear, unimpeded sight, then trying to see through scratched lenses puts a painful, tiring strain on them. Plus, damaged lenses often add painful headaches and inconvenience to your day.

Why deal with that pain and hassle when the solution is so simple? A scratch-resistant lens coating prevents those small nicks and scrapes that build up over time, extending the life of your glasses and giving you crystal clear vision.

Anti-Reflective Lens Coatings

Have you ever been driving late at night and noticed your eyes growing tired? It might not just be because of the late hour. Staring at bright lights through traditional uncoated lenses causes an annoying—and potentially dangerous—phenomenon known as “back-glare.” During this process, bright lights bounce off the inside of your glasses and against your eyes, which can be both distracting and damaging to your retinas.

Or maybe you spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer screen, staring at the television, or hunched over your smartphone. Most of us are aware that staring at electronic screens for a long period of time can strain our eyes or even cause myopia, but did you know that it can also cause the same frustrating “back-glare” on a smaller scale?

An anti-reflective lens coating can minimize or eliminate the bright, ambient glare from headlights and electronic screens, keeping your eyes healthy and refreshed throughout the day and night.

UV Protective Lens Coatings

If you spend a lot of time outside but hate wearing sunglasses all the time, then UV protective lens coatings could be the answer to your troubles. You probably know that ultraviolet rays do permanent, irreversible harm to your skin—but they can also seriously damage the structure of your eyes.

Don’t put your long-term health at risk every time you step outside. Modern UV protective lens coatings offer an extra layer of sun protection to block harmful rays without hampering your vision. They’re a great choice for the active sports- or outdoors-lover who doesn’t want to bother with contact lenses or prescription sports glasses.

Contact Us

Hopefully, this article has given you a glimpse into the many ways that you can personalize and enhance your own glasses without breaking the bank or compromising your vision. For more information, or to test out some of your choices, please stop in and say hello. We’d love to help you discover the wide range of options available! Just call our office at 818-891-6711, or make an appointment online, to learn more.

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