How can anti-glare glasses help you on the road?

When you buy a new pair of glasses, there are a number of lens types and coatings to choose from. One that can make a real difference to you as a glasses wearer is an anti-glare coating, also known as an anti-reflective coating. Let’s take a closer look at this coating and what it does. 

What is anti-glare? 

Whether made of glass or plastic, glasses are naturally reflective. Standard lenses without a coating will reflect around 8% of light and high index lenses up to 12%. That means your eyes only receive 92% or less of the available light. That might seem like a lot but in low light conditions, it can make quite a difference. Whether you are long or short-sighted, you will probably have noticed that your vision worsens in low light. So, you want to make as much use of the available light as possible.  

Anti-glare coating will virtually eliminate the reflectiveness of your lenses, giving you better vision. There are also other noticeable benefits. 

The advantage of anti-glare glasses for night driving 

If you wear glasses for driving, anti-glare glasses will make a noticeable difference, especially at night when the car lights create more glare. If you don’t have anti-glare glasses, you may find that the bright headlights reflect off your glasses, making it harder to see the road ahead. Having anti-glare glasses for night driving reduces the glare of the headlights as well as the rear lights in front of you, making driving a much more pleasant experience.  

Driving whilst wearing anti-glare glasses is a safer experience for you and other road users. You will be able to spot potential hazards more quickly with no annoying glare to distract you.  

Other advantages of anti-glare glasses 

If you’ve ever tried making eye contact with someone wearing standard lens glasses on a bright day, you’ll know it can be difficult, with the sun reflecting off the lenses making it hard to see the person’s eyes. The anti-reflective coating renders the lenses almost invisible, so people can see your eyes clearly. This makes conversation more personal, and also makes your eyes look more attractive.  

 If you, like many people, spend a lot of time looking at a screen, anti-glare can be an advantage here too. Office lighting and the light from a screen can cause eye strain, so reducing that glare as much as possible will make your working life easier.  

How to get anti-glare glasses 

If you want to upgrade your glasses to anti-glare, simply come along to Optikal Opticians in Potters Bar, Temple Fortune and Finchley. Our team will give you an eye test if needed, or if you already have a prescription you can simply order new glasses or lenses.