Caring For Your Eyes

Your eyes are very important. Many people don't realise just how valuable their vision is until it starts to fail. I was one of these people. I didn't give a second thought to my eyes or keeping them healthy. However, one day, I noticed that I couldn't see as clearly as I used to. I struggle to read the small print on paperwork and sometimes I would find that my vision would become unfocused. I visited the optometrist, and he assessed my eyes. I've now been prescribed contact lenses which really help me. I hope the articles I have posted here help you.

What Are the Benefits of Anti-Glare Lenses?


Your new prescription glasses don't just correct your vision problems, they can also give you some other benefits that might improve how you see through your lenses. For example, after talking to you about your vision generally, your optometrist may suggest that you have anti-glare lenses fitted in your glasses.

What are anti-glare lenses and why might you find them useful?

What Are Anti-Glare Lenses?

Anti-glare lenses are regular lenses that are treated with specialist coatings. These coatings minimise the light reflection or glare that hits your lenses and then your eyes in certain situations. This glare can sometimes affect your vision when you're wearing glasses; anti-glare coatings reduce these effects.

What Are The Benefits of Anti-Glare Lenses?

Anti-glare coatings may not do anything to improve your vision generally; however, they are useful in situations when your eyes have to deal with sudden or prolonged glare. Regular lenses can't process glare that effectively, which allows this kind of light to go through to your eyes. This can affect your overall vision and may give you physical problems in certain scenarios.

For example, if you're driving at night, then glare from the headlights of other cars may shine brightly straight in your eyes. You may lose some focus and see blurred halos around oncoming headlights. Having to squint through glare to focus is off-putting when you're driving.

Alternatively, if you use a computer screen a lot at work, then the light from the screen can expose your eyes to glare for long periods of time. This is a common cause of eye strain and tiredness. If you use a screen for hours at a time, you may also get regular glare-based headaches.

If you have an anti-glare coating added to your prescription lenses, then you're less likely to have any problems from glare. Headlights won't dazzle you or look out of focus, and regular screen use is less likely to strain your eyes or give you headaches.

To find out more about anti-glare coatings and their benefits, talk to your optometrist about available options. Your optometrist can assess when anti-glare lenses might be useful for you and which kinds of coatings to use.

Tip: If you opt for anti-glare lenses, look for coatings that are hydrophobic. Older anti-glare coatings often made lenses smudge easily when you touched them; they were also harder to clean effectively. Hydrophobic anti-glare coatings are more resistant to smudging and are easier to clean.


19 November 2018