The primary purpose of an anti-reflective treatment for prescription eyewear lenses—sometimes called AR—is to allow more light to pass through them. This reduces reflections on the lens to make them less noticeable, reduces glare, increases your eye comfort while you use digital screens, and helps prevent eye fatigue. We strongly recommend an anti-reflective treatment for all lenses.
Anti-reflective and anti-glare mean the same thing, and they’re used interchangeably to describe lenses that block light reflections or glare to help improve clarity of vision. Whether you choose anti-glare or anti-reflective lenses, you’ll appreciate the benefits of reduced glare and reflections in your vision.
An anti-reflective treatment eliminates reflections that others may see on the surface of your lens and also significantly reduces glare from computer screens, from lights on the road when you’re driving at night, and from indoor fluorescent lighting. If you spend any significant time driving at night, whether commuting, working, or going out to dinner, we recommend that you consider lenses with an AR coating. With fewer reflections, more light can reach your eyes—which can improve visual acuity—reducing many risks associated with nighttime driving.
Premium anti-reflective treatments also include a superhydrophobic coating that repels dust and resists water, oil, and fingerprints so your lenses are easier to clean. FramesDirect.com offers premium anti-reflective treatment as part of both the Standard and Premium lens options.
Besides the minor increase an anti-reflective coating adds to the total cost of lenses, it’s hard to find any clear disadvantages to an AR coating. But because your anti-reflective lenses are coated, be careful not to damage them, and take extra steps to protect the coating when cleaning your lenses. Note that mistreating lenses without an anti-reflective coating can cause similar damage.
On average, anti-reflective lens coatings last about two years, but with proper care an AR coating should last the life of the lens.
For most glasses wearers the benefits of lenses with an anti-reflective coating far outweigh the disadvantages. The long lifespan and everyday vision improvements AR-coated lenses offer are well worth the minor addition to the overall price tag of a new pair of glasses.
As is true for any eyeglass lenses, your primary objective when cleaning anti-glare lenses is to avoid scratching them. Using the same steps as you would clean regular eyeglass lenses:
An anti-reflective coating is available for all types of eyeglass lenses, including reading glasses. To include the premium AR treatment, choose either the Standard or Premium option when adding lenses to your frames—you can select these treatment options for single vision, progressive, bifocal, reader, or plano (non-prescription) lenses.
The Standard lens option includes DuraClear™, a premium anti-reflective treatment that lets in 99% of available light and improves clarity and contrast. Lenses coated with Duraclear help prevent eye strain and are easy to clean, thanks to the superhydrophobic coating.
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