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How Can I Make My Glasses Anti-Glare?


When you purchase new glasses, there is a wide variety of lens coatings for you to choose from. It may seem too technical at first, and that’s understandable. What does ‘anti-glare glasses’ mean? What is polarization? All of these terminologies can seem confusing, but don't worry, because SmartBuyGlasses is here to help you get the facts straight and get your hands the best glasses out there! 


What Are the Best Coatings for Glasses?

Some of the most common types of coatings include anti-scratch, anti-glare, polarization, and anti-reflective coating.

The first coating, anti-scratch, helps to prevent your glasses from regular everyday wear and tear. The latter three are used to enhance vision and are especially effective for outdoor activities that include exposure to sunlight - we’ve written a whole article about polarized lenses, for example.


Are Anti-Glare Glasses Worth It?

Anti-glare glasses or anti-reflective coatings can benefit your vision a lot more than you think. They work to reduce glare and eliminate reflections from the front and back of your lenses. This improves visual acuity and lets more light through your lenses, thereby attracting more attention to your eyes. It can also help out with night driving. If you're buying glasses with a high lens index, it's recommended to get an anti-reflective coating. Without it, more light gets reflected from the surface of such lenses.

Anti-reflective coating, commonly known as AR, anti-glare, no-glare, or glare-free coating, can add a whole host of benefits to your vision. AR coating is added to lenses to reduce glare caused by light hitting the back of the lenses - for example, wearing your (non-AR) glasses outside on a sunny day, you might see the reflection of your eyes.

Anti-glare glasses, when combined with photochromic lenses, lead to clearer vision and are more versatile across a wider range of light conditions without reducing their UV-reactive performance.


The Myth of UV Protection and Lens Color

A UV protective coating is usually included in all lenses to protect users from harmful UV rays. It is a common misconception that darker lenses provide better UV protection, However, this is not quite true. UV-protective coatings are clear, and can be added to any type of lens without affecting the lens color. If you want to learn more about the best tints for your eyewear, click here.



Do I Need Blue Light Glasses?

At SmartBuyGlasses, you can add zFORT® Blue Light Block as an additional coating at check out to protect yourself from the potentially harmful effects of blue light. If you're exposed to an excessive amount of blue light, the retinal cells in your eyes become activated, stopping the secretion of melatonin - the hormone responsible for promoting relaxation and a good night’s sleep. That’s not the only benefit; blue light glasses have been shown to reduce the impact of this spectrum on macular degeneration.


Lens coatings can make a huge difference in the comfort and protection of your eyes as well as enhancing your sight. If you buy your prescription glasses from SmartBuyGlasses, there are heaps of different lens coatings and lens types to choose from.


So, let's get started - Shop your new prescription glasses now at SmartBuyGlasses!


I’m Interested in Lens Coatings and I’m Looking for Some New Glasses. What Now?

Congratulations. You’ve got the hardest steps out of the way. Now, it’s time to select a pair of glasses - or even sunglasses - that’s right for you. At SmartBuyGlasses we’re proud to host a whole range of luxury brandsvalue models, cutting-edge technologies and more. We stock loads of brands that offer progressive lenses - just select your new prescription on checkout. If you’ve seen a pair you like the look of, but aren’t sure how they’ll look ‘on-face’, why don’t you have a look at...


Virtual Try-On

SmartBuyGlasses’ revolutionary Virtual Try-On tool is an advanced online solution to the problem of not being able to check out a pair of glasses in-hand. It’s simple and free! See what you look like wearing different designer sunglasses or eyeglasses from home in just 2 easy steps.

Step 1: record your selfie video. We'll walk you through a simple process and show you how to use your desktop or mobile camera to record a quick, five-second selfie video.

Step 2: try on glasses online! Go to the brand page of any glasses you’d like to virtually try on. Then, filter by ‘virtual try-on’ in the special features option. You can see yourself wearing any of the glasses that appear! We have over 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses and 6,000 pairs of sunglasses just a few clicks away from appearing on your face!

Given the current pandemic, going to your local opticians’ or eyewear store isn’t so easy at the moment. Virtual Try-On eliminates the stress of making your mind up in person, the time wasted going to and from the store, and the typically high costs of visiting a brick-and-mortar shop. It really is the perfect socially distanced try-before-you-buy!


Arise HD Prescription Lenses

SmartBuyGlasses offers groundbreaking durability, pristine clarity and perfect vision - all in the same lenses. Arise HD Clarity Prescription Lenses are made for the everyday wearer, but also offer advanced protection making them suitable for any adventure.

The Arise Clarity Lens Collection comes packed with protective elements to provide you with an unbeatable pair of prescription glasses. From scratch resistant and anti-reflective coatings to UV 400 and superhydrophobic protection, these lenses are guaranteed to keep your eyes comfortable in any situation. 

These lenses are also aspheric, making them thinner and lighter than many other prescription lenses. These high performing, durable lenses feature an innovative lens technology that provides optimal clarity and comfort in the urban jungle.

Simply choose any frames you like, enter your prescription and select Arise Collective for your lens type. Let's get started!


zFORT® Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Blue light is a potentially harmful form of light. While it is naturally emitted by the sun, electronic devices (upon which we’re spending more and more time every day) are also high-level producers. Blue light rays at a wavelength between 415nm - 455nm can damage your retinal cells, which may lead to premature eye ageing and vision problems in the future.

Our exposure to these harmful light rays may also cause a range of other health problems, including poor sleep (according to a 2012 Harvard Medical School study). Find out more about how to protect your eyes from blue light with anti blue light glasses from zFORT®.