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By: Adrianna Noton
One of the options that you may be offered when you purchase a pair of eyeglasses is which type of coating you want on your lenses, if any at all. Different coatings have different purposes, and for some a good coating can make a big difference. Whether you have a pair of discount glasses or expensive brand name glasses shouldn't change your decision about having a coating put on the lenses. In most cases, your optician can explain the different types of eyeglass coatings and what each one will do for your glasses. After that, it's up to you to decide which one you want to have put on your glasses. You may want a coating put on your lenses to improve the performance and durability of the eyeglasses, or to enhance the appearance, or both.

One type of coating that you can choose for your glasses is an anti-reflective or anti-glare coating. This type of coating helps tremendously when you are driving or doing other outdoor activities where sunlight may be a problem. A good anti-glare coating will increase the safety aspect of your glasses and minimize any mishaps or accidents that may occure due to the glare of the sun. Anti-glare coatings also help if you've been sitting in front of the computer for a long period of time and helps people see your eyes through the glasses when a glare is making it difficult. It's important to follow the cleaning instructions very carefully when using anti-glare coatings, because they are usually quite thin.

Another type of coating for glasses is a scratch-resistant coating. This type of coating helps people who may be a little clumsy or accident-prone keep their lenses free of scratches. It's always a good idea to have a scratch-resistant coating put on glasses for kids, as they're usually more likely to leave their glasses lying around or have them knocked off while playing. It's also a good idea to get a scratch-resistant coating on your eyeglasses if you have a tendency to clean them with a paper towel or your shirt. These things can scratch the lens, so a good anti-scratch coating is a good idea. Of course, having a scratch-resistant coating doesn't mean that your glasses are completely scratch resistant. You'll still have to use some caution and handle your glasses like they are glasses.

A third type of coating that many people like on their eyeglasses is a UV protection coating. The lenses on your glasses won't protect you from ultra violet rays, so if you are out in the sun a lot, a UV coating makes a lot of sense. Too much exposure to the sun's rays can have a harmful effect on your eyes. Without a good UV protective coating, you may end up with cataracts or retinal damage. Be sure to take the time to talk it over with your optician when you're getting your glasses. Explain your lifestyle, go through the options and select the coating or coatings that will make the most sense for you.


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