We recommend "anti-reflection lenses" because the decreased reflection makes them look better, and they produce less glare, which is particularly noticeable when driving at night or working in front of a computer monitor. The decreased glare means that wearers often find their eyes are less tired, particularly at the end of the day. Allowing more light to pass through the lens also increases contrast and therefore increases visual acuity.
Antireflective ophthalmic lenses should not be confused with polarized lenses, which decrease (by absorption) the visible glare of sun reflected off of surfaces such as sand, water, and roads. The term "antireflective" relates to the reflection from the surface of the lens itself, not the origin of the light that reaches the lens.
Many anti-reflection lenses include an additional coating that repels water and grease, making them easier to keep clean. Anti-reflection coatings are particularly suited to high-index lenses, as these reflect more light without the coating than a lower-index lens. It is also generally easier and less expensive to coat high index glasses.
What anti-reflective coating do we recommend? Well, first, our AR coatings we use on all of our lenses is a premium AR. It is called either Crizal or Hi-Vision depending on which lens/lab we need to use for your prescription. One great thing about these luxury coatings we use at The Eye Bar is that they have a 2 year warranty included in your price. So if at anytime during the 2 years, the coating is defective, we can remake your lenses at no charge to you.
What other choices do you have for anti-reflective coatings? Well, upgrades are available to the standard premium Crizal/Hi-Vision. If you touch your glasses with your fingers on a consistent basis. You may opt to pay extra for the Crizal Alize coating. It was launched early 2010 and appears to work well. In fact, fingerprints don't even stick. They are a little easier to clean too. If these things are important to you, please let us know. We will gladly show you the options available. We typically feel this added cost isn't really worth it (unless of course you like to just reach up and touch your lenses all the time). We would rather see you spend money on the best frames and the lightest lenses (maybe even digital) with the great AR coating we have included in your price. You are already buying a top of the line BMW/Mercedes with the coatings we provide at our regular price. If you have to have the paddle shifters and the ultra,mega expensive windshield wiper blades. Let us know and we will be happy to show you the options.
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