If you wear glasses for vision correction, you’re probably no stranger to the wear and tear that can occur with everyday use. Adding a scratch-resistant coating to new lenses is a great way to keep eyewear in good condition for as long as possible.
These clear lens coatings help protect glasses and sunglasses from minor scratches and damage. Read on to learn more about scratch resistance and why it might be a good choice for your next pair of glasses.
Standard eyeglass lenses were once made of glass, but now most are made from lightweight plastic. CR-39 (Columbia Resin #39), polycarbonate, and high-index plastic are some of the more common lens materials used today.
While regular plastic lenses are less likely to shatter than glass, they are not completely damage-proof. Scrapes can still happen, so scratch resistance is an important factor to consider when shopping for new glasses. When you order, you’ll likely be asked to choose your lens material and any special lens coatings you’d like to add.
Scratch-resistant lenses have a special coating that makes them more durable than regular lenses. The coating is made of a synthetic material and acts as a barrier to prevent abrasions. Since the coating is thin and transparent, it does not interfere with your optical clarity or eye health.
Scratch resistance can be added to a wide range of eyeglass lenses, including single-vision lenses and bifocals. A scratch-resistant lens coating may provide the following benefits:
Sunglasses are often exposed to harsh outdoor elements like sand and saltwater. Scratch-proof sunglasses are a great option if you enjoy activities like hiking or spending time at the beach.
You can further customize your sunglasses with additional lens coatings to enhance their functionality. For example, anti-reflective and polarized lenses are used to reduce glare and increase visual clarity. You should also ensure your sunglasses protect against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
While scratch-resistant lenses are more durable than standard plastic lenses, it's still important to take good care of them. Here are some tips to keep your eyewear in top condition:
Many eyewear brands offer scratch-resistant lenses as part of their standard or premium options. Here are a few popular brands that can have a scratch-resistant coating added to their lenses:
High-end fashion brand Gucci offers designer eyewear that comes in a range of colors and styles.
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Burberry is a British luxury fashion house known for its classic designs and high-quality materials.
Ray-Ban has been a leader in eyewear for decades, offering stylish and functional pieces.
At FramesDirect, we understand the importance of keeping your glasses and lenses in top shape. This is why our products can have a scratch-resistant coating added to the eyeglass lens material.
Browse our vast collection of high-quality glasses and sunglasses today. We offer frames in a variety of brands and styles with the option to make the lenses scratch-resistant. There's no better choice for durable and long-lasting eyewear.