What are the Coating Options on My Glasses?
Posted by: Rocky Mountain Eye Center in Eye Care on May 3, 2022
Are you considering if it’s time to buy a new pair of glasses? One of the things that you should think about is if your new glasses will need any coatings.
At Rocky Mountain Eye Center, you’ll find that we offer many coating options to help extend the life of your new glasses. We provide coatings that can protect your lenses from scratches, filter out harmful ultraviolet light, reduce distracting glare, and enhance the look and performance of your sunglasses.
Your eyeglasses can do more than improve your vision with our coating options! Keep reading to learn about the available coating options and determine which ones may be right for you!
Scratches are one of the most common and frustrating forms of damage to your eyeglasses. Even when properly cared for, your glasses can get scratched when accidentally dropped or mishandled.
While plastic lenses scratch more easily than glass, both are vulnerable to scratching. If your glasses include lenses for both distance and reading, replacing a scratched lens can be time-consuming and expensive.
An easy way for you to protect the investment you make in your new glasses is our scratch-resistant coating. With this coating, your glasses can more easily withstand everyday wear and tear without scratching.
Scratches can occur even if you’re being careful and doing your best to avoid damage. Our scratch-resistant coating comes with a full one-year warranty against scratching in normal conditions. If you accidentally scratch your glasses, bring them in during the first year of purchase, and we’ll take care of them for you.
For increased scratch protection, we offer TD2. TD2 is a clear, hard, scratch-resistant coating applied to both the front and back of your lenses for total protection.
TD2 is even more durable than standard scratch-resistant coating and comes with a two-year warranty. You may want to consider TD2 if you’re an athlete or know that you’re more prone to scratching your glasses.
Clear Ultraviolet Filters
While it is likely that you wouldn’t go out in the sun without applying sunblock to your skin, it is essential to remember that your eyes need sun protection as well. Over time, exposure to ultraviolet light, or UV light, can cause serious eye problems.
Exposure to UV light, either from sunlight or artificial indoor UV lights, can damage the eye’s surface tissues and the cornea and lens. Prolonged UV light exposure has also been linked to serious eye conditions, including cataracts, eye cancers, growths on the eye surface, and photokeratitis.
Photokeratitis is like a sunburn on the eye. These conditions result from years of exposing the eyes to UV light without eye protection. Protection of the eyes from UV light should begin as early as possible.
Starting in childhood, protecting the eyes from UV rays when out in the sun or exposed to artificial UV light can significantly reduce your risk of developing eye disease later in life. A clear UV filter is one of the most critical coatings we offer to keep your eyes happy and healthy.
This filter is practically unnoticeable when wearing your glasses. It’s also something we can add to all the lenses we offer, including basic plastic lenses.
Adding a clear ultraviolet filter to your glasses acts like sunscreen for your eyes. When out in the sun, the filter protects your eyes from harmful UV light when you can’t wear protective sunglasses. Our polycarbonate and high-index lenses at Rocky Mountain Eye Center include a standard scratch-resistant coating and a clear UV filter.
Anti-Glare/ Anti-Reflective Coatings
An all-in-one option to improve the look and performance of your glasses is to choose lenses treated with an anti-glare coating. Anti-glare coatings reduce glare and offer high-tech protection for your lenses and your eyes.
Anti-glare coating, also known as anti-reflective coating, was initially developed to improve the performance of lenses on high-powered telescopes, microscopes, and camera lenses. This coating is composed of multiple layers of transparent metal oxides applied to the front and back of the lens.
Anti-glare coatings make the lenses of your glasses appear thinner and nearly invisible. They improve the quality of your vision by reducing reflected light, glare, and halos around lights, making activities like nighttime driving easier and safer.
They can reduce eye strain when working at a computer screen for long periods. In addition to reducing glare, these coatings also provide scratch protection and a UV light filter.
With anti-glare coatings, you get multiple benefits from a single lens treatment! At Rocky Mountain Eye Center, we highly recommend Crizal Avancé as our patients’ anti-reflective treatment of choice.
The Crizal Avancé coating offers anti-glare benefits and UV light filtration, scratch protection with a two-year warranty, and superior cleanability. Lenses treated with Crizal Advancé resist oil, water, and smudges for low maintenance and consistently clear lenses.
We also offer Endura EZ, a high-quality, affordable alternative to Crizal Avancé. Endura EZ offers anti-glare protection with a hydrophobic topcoat, which increases your lenses’ water resistance and cleanability.
Adding a mirror coating to prescription or non-prescription sunglasses adds another layer of UV light protection. Besides increasing UV protection, it also increases clarity.
These coatings improve the quality of your vision and reduce eye strain when you are engaged in outdoor activities, like cycling or driving in bright sunlight.
While silver and gold mirror coatings are our most popular options, various other colors are available, depending on your taste and style.
Whether you are looking for increased UV light protection, the increased longevity that scratch-resistance provides, or the comprehensive benefits of a high-tech anti-glare treatment, we’re here to help you pick the glasses coating that’s right for you! For more information about our coating options, schedule an appointment at Rocky Mountain Eye Center in Pueblo, CO, today!