(And Why We Include it FREE on EVERY Pair)
Anti-reflective coating (also called AR coating or anti-glare coating) improves both your vision through your glasses and the appearance of your eyeglasses to others.
Both benefits are due to the anti-reflective coating's ability to eliminate reflections of light from the front and back surface of eyeglass lenses.
AR coating is especially beneficial when used on high-index lenses, which reflect more light than regular plastic lenses.
Plastic lenses, for instance, reflect roughly 8 percent of light hitting the lenses, so only 92 percent of available light enters the eye for vision. High index plastic lenses can reflect up to 50 percent more light than regular plastic lenses (approximately 12 percent of available light), so even less light is available to the eye for vision. This can be a significant issue in low-light conditions, such as when driving at night.
Anti-reflective coatings can virtually eliminate the reflection of light from eyeglass lenses, allowing 99.5 percent of available light to pass through the lenses and enter the eye for better vision in low light situations.
Anti-reflective coating reduces the glare that you see, as well as the glare that others can see on your lenses.
By eliminating reflections, AR coating also makes your eyeglass lenses look almost invisible so people can see your eyes and facial expressions more clearly.
The visual benefits of lenses with AR coating include sharper vision with less glare when driving at night and greater comfort during prolonged computer use (compared with wearing eyeglass lenses without AR coating).
Anti-reflective coating also is a good idea for sunglasses, because it eliminates glare from sunlight reflecting into your eyes from the back surface of tinted lenses when the sun is behind you.
It is for all of these reasons that Front Row Eyewear believes EVERY pair of glasses should have Anti-Reflective coating-for FREE.