Which Lens Treatments Should I Choose?

by | May 17, 2017

So, you picked out new eyeglass frames – good for you! Now for the lenses – sit back, this may take a while. With so many options for lens types, materials, and coatings, it can not only take forever to decide, but it can actually get down-right confusing, too! Hopefully this list explaining the different types of lens treatments helps you to choose which coating at least is best for you.

Anti-reflective: this cuts down on glare from harsh lights and computer screens, and decreases the “halo effect” when driving at night. It also makes the eyeglass lenses appear nearly invisible for a nicer cosmetic look (especially when someone’s taking a picture). If you work on computers or have trouble driving in the dark, this coating is a great choice.

Scratch-resistant: great for kids (and adults!) who tend to be rough on their glasses, this treatment toughens up the lenses, making them more durable and less susceptible to getting scratched up and hard to see through.

UV Coating:  this is key to protecting your eyes from the sun when not wearing sunglasses. UV rays may accelerate the development of cataracts, so if this treatment does not come standard, be sure to ask for it!

Photo-chromatic: if you are sensitive to light, or are unable to have a separate pair of prescription sunglasses, this lens coating is for you! Eyeglass lenses “magically” adapt, changing to a darker shade in sunlight, and returning to clear indoors. As a caution, they do not change fully in the car. A pair of inexpensive, clip-on sunglasses may be helpful if needed.

Tints:  coming in a variety of colors and shades, full or gradating, tints can be added for purely cosmetic reasons, but also can help with things like digital eyestrain and increasing contrast.

Of course, some lens treatments may come already built in depending upon the type of lens itself that you choose. With higher-end polycarbonate lenses, for instance, scratch-resistance typically comes standard. If you’re not sure, it’s important to ask. Getting new glasses is a big deal, and a decision you live with for quite some time, so we want to make sure you’re happy with all your choices. For more information or if you have any questions, call our Zeeland, MI office at (616) 772-2020. We’ll be glad to help clear things up for you (pun intended)!