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What are eyeglass lens coatings?

Lens coatings offer various benefits for eyewear, enhancing performance, appearance, and durability. Here's a breakdown of the most common types:

1. Scratch-resistant coating: Increases lens durability by creating a hard surface, typically coming with a warranty.

2. Anti-reflective (AR) coating: Reduces glare and halos, decreases eye strain, and enhances appearance by minimizing surface reflections.

3. Anti-glare coating: Reduces light reflection, beneficial for computer use and night driving.

4. Ultraviolet (UV) protection: Shields eyes from harmful UV rays, crucial for preventing cataracts and macular degeneration, especially in sunglasses.

5. Mirror coating: Reflects light to reduce transmission through the lenses, adds style and personality to eyewear.

6. Digital coatings: Blocks harmful blue light emitted by electronic devices, reducing eye strain and sleep disruption.

7. Photochromic or transition lenses: Adjust tint based on UV exposure, providing consistent protection in varying light conditions.

8. Polarized lenses: Filter horizontal light waves to minimize glare and brightness, beneficial for outdoor activities.

9. Anti-fog coatings: Prevent lenses from fogging up, particularly useful in humid conditions and with tight-seal eyewear, such as sports goggles or glasses worn with masks.

Consider your lifestyle, visual needs, and budget when choosing which coatings to add to your eyewear. Each type offers unique advantages to enhance your visual experience and protect your eyes.

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