When we think about prescription eyeglasses, the first thing that comes to mind is improved vision and visual clarity. However, eyeglasses and sunglasses can do much more than just help you see – they can also play a crucial role in protecting your eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) light, blue light, and much more.

What Makes UV Light Dangerous

UV light, an aspect of sunlight that is invisible to the naked eye, can have dangerous effects on our eyes over time. Prolonged exposure to UV rays has been linked to various eye conditions, including cataracts and even certain types of cancers. While traditional sunglasses and eyeglasses can keep your eyes safe, eyeglass coatings can go the extra mile in keeping you protected.

Eyeglass Coatings

UV-blocking coatings help with protecting the eyes from the potentially harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. These coatings are specifically formulated to filter out both UVA and UVB rays, which are types of ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun. By acting as a protective shield for the eyes, these coatings contribute to maintaining eye health and preventing various eye-related issues associated with prolonged exposure to UV rays.

Blue Light Blocking

Digital eye strain has become a prevalent concern, and continues to be a bigger issue for many. Blue light blocking coatings help mitigate the potential negative effects of prolonged exposure to digital screens, keeping your eyes safer throughout the day. While not directly related to UV protection, these coatings contribute to overall eye health.

Anti-Reflective Coatings

Beyond UV protection, anti-reflective (AR) coatings contribute to eye comfort and safety. AR coatings eliminate reflections and glare from the front and back of eyeglass lenses. By reducing glare, especially during outdoor activities, these coatings not only help with visual clarity but also with preventing eye strain and fatigue. This is especially useful for those who spend extended time outdoors or work in settings with bright lights.

Choosing the Right Coatings

When selecting prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, it’s essential to consider coatings that align with your overall needs. UV protection is especially important for those who spend most of their time outdoors. However, those who mostly work with digital devices may find value in blue light coatings too. Ultimately, the choice is up to you!

Eyeglass coatings not only ensure clearer vision but also provide an important layer of defense. Stop by Gordon Optical today, and see what coatings we have available and what might be your best fit.

Sources: National Eye Institute

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