Lens Coatings

Lens coatings help protect and enhance your lenses. They can control the light that passes through your lenses to your eyes, so you can enjoy sharper and clearer vision in different conditions. From anti-reflective lenses, which reduce glare, to C Shield, which protects your lenses from daily wear and tear, lens coatings can extend the life of your lenses and provide comfort throughout the day.

Protect your eyes and your glasses

Having a high-quality lens coating on your lenses can make a difference for your eye health. Lens coatings can also keep your lenses clear throughout the day and maintain their quality over the long-run.

UV coating on glasses blocks 100% of UV light, so you can better protect your eyes from potential damage, such as cancer, cataracts, macular degeneration, and other issues. Choose lenses with a UV protective coating or lenses that offer UV protection through the properties of the lens material.

Our higher index lens materials (Thin Air and above) feature built-in UV protection by virtue of the material itself. BlueReflect™ lenses, Transitions® lenses, sun lenses, and polarized sunglasses also offer 100% UV protection.

Anti-reflective lenses are designed to minimize distracting reflections and glare from both sides of the lens to improve vision and comfort. Anti-reflective lens coating helps you see things clearly, while making your eyes look clearer to others by eliminating distracting reflections.

Basic anti-reflective coating is included on all lenses (except the Standard Lens).

C Shield provides a six-in-one lens coating solution. It’s water, smudge, and scratch resistant, with anti-static, anti-reflection, and boosted durability. All of these factors work together to keep your glasses cleaner, stronger, and smarter – so you can focus on all the other things in your life.

The scratch-resistance is present on both sides of the lens, which helps prevent scratches on your glasses and makes your lenses last longer. The anti-static and smudge repellent properties mean you'll have to clean your glasses less often, while the water-repellent feature provides clearer vision in the rain and humid conditions.

Anti-fog lenses are a perfect addition if you regularly wear a face covering with your glasses. The anti-fog coating fights condensation quickly, so when there’s a temperature change that causes your lenses to fog up, they’ll clear almost instantly. Please note that anti-fog lenses don’t include anti-reflective properties.

Anyone who has worn a face mask while also wearing glasses knows how frustrating it can be when your lenses fog up. Anti-fog lenses solve this problem – they’re quick to clear and remain clear, for fog-free vision inside and outside.

Our scratch-resistant lens coating creates a harder lens surface for your glasses, making your lens surface harder than uncoated lenses. It makes the surface more resistant to scratches and protects against everyday wear and tear on your lenses.

All of our lenses come with scratch-resistant coating to help extend the life of your lenses for clearer vision. An even stronger and longer lasting scratch-resistant coating is included in the C Shield coating.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Having an anti-reflective coating minimizes reflection and glare, reducing eye strain and allowing for clearer and more comfortable vision. It’s especially helpful in highly reflective conditions such as driving at night.

Anti-reflective coating also reduces reflection on the surface of your lens, so people who are looking at you can see your eyes more clearly. Lenses without anti-reflective coating can create distracting and unattractive reflections.

There’s no way to make lenses completely scratch-proof. Scratch-resistant coating will help to strengthen the surface of your lenses and improve durability, so they’re less likely to get scratched or damaged if you accidentally drop them or rub them against an abrasive material.

Adopting smart care habits is the best way to maintain the quality of your lenses. Store them in a cushioned case when you're not wearing them. When cleaning them, use a microfibre cloth (never a paper towel, your t-shirt, or any other type of rough fabric) and lens cleaning solution or mild dish detergent.

While most lens manufacturers offer anti-reflective coatings, the performance and durability vary.

Top performers in coatings change their composition slightly for each type of lens material that they’re applied to — this is called “index matching”. It increases a stronger bond and better durability under harsh temperature conditions. Our premium C Shield coating is index-matched to the specific lens material you choose.

Adding an anti-glare coating after you've already purchased your glasses is not recommended for the following reasons:

  • It could cost more and affect quality: Since the coating application technology requires a coating to be added at the time that the lens is cut. It could cost more to apply it after purchase and you may not get the same quality.

  • Your lenses are not factory “fresh” anymore: Once your lenses have been exposed to skin oils, the coating may not stick well, which could defeat its effectiveness and longevity.

  • Scratches on lenses could be magnified: If there’s a scratch, applying the coating will magnify it.