Anti Glare lenses are glasses lenses with A-R coating applied on each side. A-R coating stands for anti-reflective coating and, as the name suggests, it prevents your glasses lenses from reflecting light. These lenses look attractive on a person and reduce the risk of eye-strain. Before you plan on getting the Anti Glare lenses, let’s look into their pros and cons first.
Pros of Anti Glare Lenses
- Anti Glare lenses improve one’s vision
If compared with standard glasses, Anti Glare glasses offer improvement in vision as they reduce reflections. You will see colours in their original state as these glasses do not have any tint applied on them. Also, when unnecessary light glare is prevented, you will see the environment as it is.
- Anti Glare glasses look attractive
Remember the time, when you were wearing normal/standard glasses, and you had to be in a group photo with your friends/family. But, all you could see in that picture was the reflection on your lenses. Yeah, a wonderful memory ruined because of the glasses. Anti Glare lenses are a perfect solution to your problem. With Anti Glare lenses, attending a seminar or an event, where a lot of photos are taken, will not be an issue. First, you will have more enhanced eye-contact in photos. Second, you will appear more attractive wearing these glasses.
- Anti Glare lenses last long
These lenses, if compared to standard lenses, are durable as you can use them for a long period of time. When the A-R coating is applied. The lenses become resistant to scratches. Which means they are worth every penny.
- Reducing blue-light effects on your eyes
With computers and screens being used in every walk of life, the risk of getting eye-strain and eye diseases is also a big danger for everyone who spends their whole day working on screens. Our eyes work hard for us, so we can see every element on screen. Glare from screens and the blue-light can cause serious damage to your eyes and can mess up your sleeping pattern. Also, if you are a reader, and you like to read late at night, reading in a low light environment will cause strain on your eyes. Thanks to Anti Glare glasses, you can be tension free from the blue-light danger and eye-strain. Your eyes will stay safe, and you will notice an improvement in your sleep too.
- Night vision improvement
With standard glasses, it gets difficult to see everything at night when there are artificial lights around. Driving at night almost becomes an impossible task, as standard lenses make street lamp lights visible with a hollow around them. Also, the headlights from other cars are enough to make a person temporarily blind, who is wearing normal glasses. With Anti Glare lenses, you will stay safe driving or walking at night as they will reduce glare.
- Easily replaceable and not too expensive to maintain
The good news is, you can peel off the Anti Glare coating when it gets damaged without replacing the whole set of lenses. So your glasses can be easily restored by applying a new A-R coating to them.
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Cons of Anti Glare lenses
- Cloudy vision
This is the problem reported by many wearers that the Anti Glare lenses appear dirty all the time. It’s not that they get dirtier than the standard lenses, because these lenses provide visual clarity, they may look dirty and cloudy.
- The “A-R coating” peels off
We listed this as a pro too, but it comes under the category of cons too. The coating sometimes peels off in flakes. It can become annoying when the whole lens is Anti Glare, but a little flake fell off, causing that little reflective dot in the middle. Also, these are not suitable for kids as they may stick the coating in their mouth, which can lead to health concerns.
- Anti Glare lenses are not cheap in the long run
Most people argue in the favour of Anti Glare lenses by stating the fact that they are not expensive. They are not so cheap either. First, you will pay for the frame and lenses with A-R coating. After that, you will pay for the restoration of these lenses. So, it may cost less money for the first time but in the long run, it will be more expensive to maintain the Anti Glare lenses.
- You can only clean anti Glare lenses with a microfiber cloth
People use their shirt, handkerchief, tissue, tie and almost every kind of fabric to clean their standard lenses. But you can not do that with your Anti Glare lenses as you might damage or scrape off the coating. You will need a microfiber cloth to get rid of that “cloudiness” that we discussed earlier.
- The Anti Glare coating get damaged quickly
Some Anti Glare coatings available are so thin that they can get damaged quickly. Also, high or low temperature can damage your Anti Glare lenses. So, next time, be careful, while cooking, watching the campfire or looking for something in the refrigerator. As the coating might bubble or peel off.
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These Anti Glare lenses pros and cons will help you decide whether or not to buy these special lenses. There are many benefits and disadvantages to them. The decision is yours.