Do I Need Anti-Reflective Lenses in My Glasses?

Posted on August 27, 2012 · Posted in Eyeglasses

Poor, poor anti-reflective lenses.  So misunderstood, yet so important to a glasses-wearer’s overall quality of vision and, in turn, life.  Glasses without anti-reflective lenses will not provide the best vision possible to the wearer.   That’s a fact and not up for discussion.  If you’re wearing glasses without anti-reflective lenses, you’re not seeing your best whether you realize it or not.  Why?  When light hits a lens, it is normal for some of it to be reflected.  Reflected light degrades the quality of the image produced by the lens and results in distracting glare.

Spend some time behind binoculars?  Take a quick peek at the surface of the lenses and you’ll most certainly find they are anti-reflective.

Amateur (or professional) astronomer?  Look at the lens on the end of your telescope and, again, you’ll find it’s anti-reflective.

Fan of photography?  Whether you use a point-and-shoot, SLR, or even the camera on your phone, peek at the lens.  And ask pro-photogs like our friends at Greer-Cicarelli if they own any lenses or filters that aren’t anti-reflective.

Manufacturers of precision optical equipment like binoculars, telescopes, and photography gear know the evil effects of reflected light/glare and refuse to produce anything that will give the consumer a less-than-optimal experience.  Why should you demand less from your glasses?  Chances are they’ll be in front of your eyes a lot more than anything else.