See More, Be More | Unlocking Vision Excellence with 6 Lens Coatings

When it comes to eyewear, clarity and comfort are paramount. But have you ever considered how lens coatings can take your eyewear experience to the next level ?

Let’s delve into the world of eyewear lens coatings from a fresh perspective. These coatings and lens treatments are more than just protective layers—they blend functionality and fashion perfectly. Get ready to see, feel, and look your best with advanced lens coatings!

Let’s explore the benefits of the following SIX coatings:

  • Anti-Reflective Coating (AR)
  • Blue-Light Blocking Coat
  • Mirror Tints for sunglasses
  • UV Coating
  • Anti-Fog
  • Scratch-Resistance

Anti-Reflective Coatings the Fusion of Function and Fashion

Eyewear lens coatings have become a game-changer for glasses wearers who need their prescription eyewear every day.

Anti-reflective coatings (AR) are designed to enhance your visual experience by providing increased clarity through your glasses.

Lenses without an AR Coat: The Problem

Whilst your lenses provide clarity as they correctly refract light (per your prescription), a percentage of light reflects off the lens surface, creating a secondary reflection. You could think of it like this; you are window shopping, standing outside on a busy street, looking in on a display. Yes, you can see that gorgeous set of shoes (and they’re on sale!) or that new wristwatch on display, but what else can you see?

That’s right! Acting like a mirror, the glass produces a reflection of everything behind you, the passing traffic and people. Even yourself! Light bounces off the surface of the glass, projecting a reflection or secondary image. This reflective principle happens with your prescription glasses, becoming highly annoying as people wear glasses all day. This constant reflective effect can tire the eyes and work against the performance of the prescription lens itself.

How Do They Do This?

Using fine layers of metal oxides, anti-reflective coating (AR) is applied to both the front and back surfaces producing a two-fold benefit. For the wearer (you), less light reflects off the back surface of your lenses, drastically reducing that mirror reflection. For anyone seeing you in your awesome, cool new glasses (that you got from The Optical Superstore!), they see little to no reflections as well. Your lenses look clearer, and your eyes stand out.

If you rely on your eyeglasses or have a strong prescription, the likelihood that you contend with eye strain and visual noise from reflection increases. The fix? A high-quality AR coating.

Could this be the remedy to enhancing your prescription glasses results? Get in touch to discuss an anti-reflective coating solution today.
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What about Lens Coatings for Using Digital Devices?

In our digital age—for better or worse—we spend hours glued to screens. And a great deal is made of blue light and coatings to block blue light. So, what is blue light? Let’s answer some of these fundamental questions first and then make some comments on optical applications.

Firstly, blue light isn’t outrightly harmful. In fact, the sun produces natural blue light! For us, we benefit from the prevalence of blue light as the sun rises every day—it assists us in getting up and going—producing short-wavelength high-energy visible light (HEV).

However, that age-old adage of “too much of a good thing” comes into play here. As we expose our eyes and brain to artificial sources of blue light, such as our phones, iPads, laptops and TVs, it’s theorised that we over-expose ourselves to this particular spectrum of light. Many critics, pundits, and professionals in the field suggest that this over-exposure results in the inability of our brains to ‘settle‘ and get to sleep promptly once we finally turn off the TV or our phone.

But where is the Evidence?

At this early stage, there isn’t any. And the technology has yet to be used long enough to produce definitive scientific resources and findings.

What should you do then?

Our conservative recommendation would be to see if these coatings assist you personally in reducing eye strain and fatigue and improve sleep quality by minimising blue light exposure before bedtime. The principle behind the technology is sound; a reduction in the amount of artificial blue light you are exposed to may offset a cumulative effect over time. And in this digital age, as technology moves ahead in leaps and bounds, we struggle to associate and appreciate what impacts may be identified down the track.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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We’d be happy to explain further instances where a blue-block coating may be worth trying out.

Let’s take a side-step and look at another type of coating…

Mirror Tints To Level-Up Outdoor Clarity & Comfort

It’s easy to get excited about lens treatments that provide increased advantages to lenses, and Aussies that LIVE in their sunglasses are included too.

The two benefits that a mirror tint adds to a sunglass lens design are straightforward:

  1. 1. Imagine stepping out on a sunny day with your shades on, and suddenly, the blinding glare is no longer a hassle. That’s the power of mirror tinting, especially when matched with a deep UV-tinted lens or a polarised design. Mirror-tinted coatings aren’t just about shielding your eyes from UV rays—they’re designed to tackle glare head-on. Whether it’s the blinding sun or the glare from wet roads, mirror tinting takes on the challenge, giving you unmatched relief and clear vision, even in the harshest sunlight.
  2. 2. It’s also about having the opportunity for self-expression! Unleash your uniqueness with vibrant colours like silver, blue, green, and gold. Pick a shade that matches your vibe and fashion sense, turning your sunglasses into more than eyewear—they become a style statement. Whether you’re soaking up the sun by the shore, exploring the city, or embarking on a weekend adventure, your mirror-tinted sunglasses will provide clarity and amplify your distinct style, making you stand out in any crowd.

Pairing a mirror tint with a gorgeous sunglass frame and a lens colour choice that works for you is an Optical Superstore Speciality!

Absolutely get in touch if you need to up your Sunglass Frame Game with the perfect mirror tint.

UV Coatings | Where Super is Standard

UV protection is a must for eye health. There’s the whole Slip, Slop, Slap jingle, and in this day and age, we know about the vital merits of sunscreen too.

Did you know? Your prescription glasses already come with a UV-treated or UV-tinted layer! That’s right, even if we’re talking about your standard reading or distance glasses. The Optical Superstore, in conjunction with one of the leading optical lens manufacturers in the world – HOYA – provide a UV coating as standard on all eyewear. This feature ensures that even a basic pair of glasses offers some protection in the harsh Aussie climate.

The beauty of this level of quality in lens design means that you don’t have to wonder if you’re missing out on this essential level of eye health—we provide it on your eyewear, no questions asked! There’s no #FOMO regarding our prescription glasses and your expectations for high-quality results.

Don’t let anyone else convince you that there is a need to pay extra, either! Yes, for lenses that function like sunscreen for your eyes and come standard with all lenses, definitely get in touch with Optical Superstore.

Anti-Fog Coatings & Fog-free Solutions for Your Glasses

There hadn’t been a considerable demand for anti-fog treatments for lenses, certainly not since a little thing called COVID came on the scene. And all of a sudden, the limitations of wearing masks and glasses simultaneously created a problem that needed solving–lens fogging.

Almost overnight, there was a sharp uptick in demand for something… anything that would solve the drama of lenses constantly fogging up!

The market now provides various sprays, applicators, cloths, and disposable wipes that offer instant help–although, in these instances, you do need to reapply the liquid or solution. They are effective and simple, and that is always a good combo.

In fact, The Optical Superstore offers a very reliable product right here.

What about a lens coating, though?

From a manufacturing, quality, and solution point-of-view, the tricky thing is that developing a coating that simultaneously repels water vapour and yet stays bonded to a lens surface is exponentially challenging to produce. Specifically, a layer that remains bonded to a lens surface over the life of your prescription can be applied to all manner of different lens materials AND holds up to the rigours of daily wear and tear is just hard to make for the glasses-wearing population.

At Optical Superstore, we have been very impressed by the Super Final Touch (SFT) coating produced by HOYA Australia. An SFT coat is a series of coating layers (we refer to these top-shelf coatings as a “multicoat”) and features a hydrophobic layer. The properties of this layer work markedly well for drastically reducing that build-up of fog for your average mask wear every time we exhale.

It’s worth the investment, as the SFT multicoat is THE coating of choice for The Optical Superstore, ensuring your prescription glasses provide the clarity and comfort your vision demands.

This brings us to the final feature that EVERYONE demands…

What Do We Want? Scratch-Resistant Lenses! When Do We Want Them? Now.

The biggest concern many glasses-wearers have centred on an anti-reflective coating being easier to scratch than an uncoated lens. Because of a poor experience with a previously coated pair of glasses—or even worse—a failure by optical professionals to provide satisfactory customer service, many of you likely opt for no coating on your next pair of glasses.

We’ve seen countless new clients turn to us after experiencing lenses that crazed (lifted apart), scratched easily, and didn’t outlast their prescription life.

Therefore, this is where the previously mentioned SFT coating comes back into the conversation. The Super Final Touch’s main selling point and benefit is this: the SFT coating is 3x stronger than a regular hard-coated lens. And HOYA back us all the way to ensure our customers experience the joy that comes from a lens treatment that is:

  1. 1. Purpose-built for scratch-resistance.
  2. 2. Easier to get clean and keep clean.
  3. 3. Offering real-world improvement in clarity and comfort with superb anti-reflection layers.

Ask About The SFT Multicoat Today At Optical Superstore

Backed by our No Quibble Guarantee , we’re absolutely confident that your experience with an SFT multicoat will reshape and redefine your expectations for your prescription eyewear.

We hope this post has given you more insight into the world of coatings, lens treatments, and the expertise and attention to detail we offer for quality coatings at The Optical Superstore.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch, book an eye test, or enquire about anything you’ve read today—or any other questions regarding lens coatings—your eyes will thank you for it!
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