How To Buy Anti-Reflective Coating for Sunglasses

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When it is sunny outside, the sunglasses become an essential part of your wardrobe. But while the sunglasses may protect your eyes from intense sunlight, a common problem that you will likely encounter is the glare from very bright lights such as halos and car lights. One of your options is to purchase anti-reflective coating on your eyewear. Here’s how.

  • Research. First of all, you need to know exactly what anti-reflective coating actually does for your eyewear. Generally, the coating is made from various types of metal oxides that are placed either at the front or at the back of the lenses in your eyewear. The oxides will prevent glares from forming, which in turn will allow you to see more clearly. If you want more detailed information on how an anti-reflective coating works, search websites focused on eyewear and optics.
  • Options. Next, talk to your eye care specialist about the various options that you have for coating your sunglasses with anti-reflective coating. A lot of sunglasses are sold ready to wear. This means that you have much fewer options with regard to applying anti-reflective coating on them. Your eye care specialist, however, can provide you with a line of sunglasses that have the anti-reflective coating already applied. Or, the eye care specialist can also take the sunglasses that you have already purchased and apply the coating of meal oxides at the shop.
  • Placement. Generally, the coating is placed either at the front or at the back of the lenses. If you are wearing dark sunglasses, however, you should opt to have the anti-reflective coating placed at the back of the lenses. This will prevent the glasses from creating glare and smear patterns in the front of the glasses. You will not be able to see the smear patterns, but other people will. If the coating is placed on the back, the coating will disappear completely while still giving you glare-proof vision.
  • Prescription glasses. You can actually get anti-reflective coating applied on your prescription glasses as well. In fact, you can purchase sunglasses that come with graded lenses and which can also accommodate anti-reflective coatings. The benefit of adding the coat of metal oxide in your prescription glasses is that it will protect the surface of the lenses more, and keep it from scratches. When applying the anti-reflective coating on your prescription glasses, you can choose to have the coating applied either at the front or at the back.
  • Ready-made. Finally, consider purchasing ready-made sunglasses that naturally come with anti-reflective coating. Be careful, however, when choosing the ready-made sunglasses. A lot of people think that the UV protection rating on the sunglasses is an indication that the sunglasses have a coating of anti-reflective oxides. The UV rating and the anti-reflective coating, however, are two very different things.

If you want to wear your sunglasses to the beach, outdoors, or in the car, but are troubled with the glare and the sun smear, simply apply some anti-reflective coating on your sunglasses. Through these steps, you should be able to do just that.


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