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Anti-Glare Glasses

The Benefits and Aftercare of Anti-glare Glasses

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Today, there is more technology involved in our daily life than ever before, and this is only going to increase with time… meaning that we all spend large proportions of our day looking at screens and bright lights that can cause eye strain. To avoid the discomfort of strained eyes and poor eye health, anti-glare glasses have grown in popularity, as they further protect your eyes without compromising on your looks!

Understanding the Glare Challenge

Glare is the excessive and intense light that enters our eyes, can come from various sources, such as sunlight, artificial lighting, and digital screens. Prolonged exposure to glare can cause eye strain, fatigue, headaches, and even contribute to long-term issues like macular degeneration. This is where anti-glare glasses step in as a practical solution.

The Science Behind Anti-Glare Glasses

Anti-glare glasses, also known as anti-reflective or AR-coated glasses, are specially designed to reduce the amount of light that enters your eyes by minimising reflections on the lens surfaces. This is achieved through a thin coating of microscopically thin layers of materials like metal oxides or silicon compounds. These layers work by interfering with light waves, cancelling out reflections and allowing more light to pass through the lens, resulting in clearer and more comfortable vision.

Benefits of Anti-Glare Glasses

Reduced Eye Strain: One of the primary benefits of anti-glare glasses is the reduction in eye strain. By eliminating reflections that cause glare, these glasses make it easier for your eyes to focus on what's in front of you, whether it's a computer screen, a book, or a distant object. This can significantly decrease the discomfort associated with prolonged screen time.

Sharper Vision: The elimination of reflections means more light reaches your eyes, resulting in clearer and sharper vision. This is particularly useful for those with high prescriptions, as it minimises distortions caused by lens reflections.

Improved Aesthetic Appeal: Beyond functionality, anti-glare glasses also enhance your appearance. The absence of distracting reflections on your lenses ensures that your eyes are the focal point, making for a more engaging and personable visual interaction.

Protection for Digital Screens: Spending extended periods in front of screens exposes your eyes to potentially harmful blue light. Some anti-glare coatings come with additional blue light protection, helping to safeguard your eyes from digital eye strain and its associated effects on sleep patterns.

The role of anti-glare screens, anti-fatigue lenses, and blue-blocking filters is still controversial and needs to be further explored.

Caring for Your Anti-Glare Glasses

To maximise the longevity and effectiveness of your anti-glare glasses, it's important to care for them properly. Clean your glasses with a soft microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the coating and avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals. Regularly clean your lenses to prevent the build-up of oils and dirt that can interfere with their anti-glare properties.

It's more important than ever to look after your eyes, especially as there is now so much out there that can damage them, and with anti-glare glasses, you'll be helping your eyes out in more ways than one! Whether you're someone who works in an office and is glued to a computer screen or if you love to unwind by watching TV or playing on a console or even if you're into scrolling for hours on social media, your eyes need extra protection to maintain good eye health! Treat yourself to a pair of anti glare glasses today, they’ll appreciate it more than you think! Save yourself extra trips to the optician and look after your eyes, after all, you can't escape the screens and bright lights so it's better to be safer than sorry!

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 5 Sep 2023, Last modified: 20 May 2024