A lens treatment is a special additive that either bonds with the lens, or is built into the lens during the lens manufacturing process. Lens treatments are available as individual additions to lenses, and are also commonly bundled into single lens products for convenience and maximum benefit to your eyes. Common Lens Coatings & Treatments:
Mirror coats come in a variety of colors and are highly reflective. They are often paired with polarized lenses and are generally used for outdoor activities. A flash coat is a variation of a mirror coat and is a lighter treatment, showing only a subtle flash of reflection. This treatment is often chosen purely for cosmetic reasons.
Photochromic lenses are specially made with a treatment that is virtually clear while indoors and automatically darkens when outside, while providing 100% UV protection. These lenses are widely known by the brand name of Transitions™ Lenses. We carry Transitions VII, Transition Xtra-active and Transitions Vantage.
Bright sunlight can cause glare when light reflects off certain surfaces, which causes discomfort and dull, washed-out images. Polarization filters this light, so you get better clarity. We provide SunRx, Coppertone and Xperio Polarized options.
An anti-reflective lens treatment reduces glare. People choose anti-reflective treatments generally for fashion, clarity or comfort. An AR coat makes the lens nearly invisible, and cut glare from headlights, computer screens and harsh lighting.
People who stand to gain the most from an anti-reflective treatment include:
- Public Speakers
- First Time Eyeglass Wearers
- People Who Use Computers
- People Sensitive to Headlight Glare
- People Sensitive to Reflections
Our AR coat options:
All Crizal products
As of today, there is no lens material in the industry that is 100% scratch proof. How do these scratches appear on eye-wear? The simple task of cleaning them with a cloth or tissue is often enough to scratch lenses. Even with the application of a scratch resistant treatment, your eye-wear cannot be totally protected from scratches caused by daily wear and tear. Scratch-resistant treatments imbued into the lens surface toughen up the lenses making them more durable than they otherwise would be.
Tinted lenses are not merely cosmetic functions, but the right tint can enhance vision and comfort for specific tasks, from office work to outdoor activities and in some cases tints can be a health benefit. Tints come in solids, gradients or double gradients.
Pink or Rose
This tint has been known to help reduce eyestrain in brightly-lit offices. This tint is often recommended for computer glasses.
Often known as blue blockers, yellow tints are a favorite of skiers and skeet shooters because they provide excellent depth perception and low light contrast.
Brown or Amber
Similar to the yellow tint, brown tints provide excellent contrast because they filter some blue light, but not as much as the yellow tint. Brown lenses are excellent general purpose lenses.
The human eye is most sensitive to green light. Because of this, green tints give us the highest contrast and greatest visual acuity of any tint. Green tints can enhance contrast in low-light conditions.
The most popular tint, a gray tint provides good protection from glare and does not overly distort colors. Gray tinted lenses are excellent for general purpose and for driving.
A good choice for hunters, purple tints allows for natural color perception while offering some shade from the sun.
Blue tints are not recommended for outdoor use because it can increase glare. It can be used as a fashion tint if used in lighter shades. If a blue tinted lens is desired for outdoor wear, be sure to consider the option of a brown or gray polarized lens with a blue flash mirror coat.
The UV rays in sunlight can be harmful to the eyes. Lenses that block 100% UV help to ward off various eye conditions and damage.
- UV-A exposure can cause damage to the retina, which is the part of the eye that receives images and transmits that information to the brain.
- UV-B has been associated with the development of cataracts.