5 Surprising Benefits of Anti-Reflective Lens Coatings

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You may already know that anti-reflective (AR) coatings make your glasses easier to clean by preventing oil, water, and dirt from sticking to the lenses. But what you might not know is that they also play a big role in how you see, how you look, and how your eyes feel at the end of the day.

Anti-Reflective Lens Coating

Here are five little known, but important benefits to consider if you’re thinking about enhancing your lenses with a high-quality AR coating:

1. Increase Your Visual Clarity

AR coatings enhance the way you see the world by allowing more light to pass through the lens while eliminating glare, so you have clear vision on the job, in the classroom, around the house, and behind the wheel.

2. Enhance Your Appearance

By removing harsh reflections from your lenses, AR coatings allow others to see you – not that annoying glare. Whether you’re posing for a picture or video chatting with a friend, you can feel confident that your eyes take center stage.

3. Extend the Life of Your Lenses

AR coatings protect your glasses against scratches and smudges, resulting in lenses that last longer. This also means you’ll be replacing your lenses less frequently, which can help save you money.

4. Reduce Your Blue Light Exposure

Specialty AR coatings like TechShield™ Blue, combat digital eye strain by reducing your exposure to blue light from digital devices and lighting. If you’re unfamiliar with digital eye strain, it’s that tired, irritated feeling you get in your eyes after looking at a digital screen for a few hours.

5. Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

AR coatings can also help protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. UV protection can be added to the backside of the lenses to defend your eyes against UV rays reflected off surfaces like sidewalks and windows.

Ask your VSP network eye doctor about enhancing your lenses with an AR coating.

This is a guest blog post by VSP employee, Paul Janes.


  • Rachel Garza says:

    What is this extra cost for this Anti-Reflective Lens Coating and is this covered by VSP insurance?

  • Another benefit it reduces reflections from flash photography.

  • Lori Ballard says:

    How much does VSP pay for the AR coating?

  • David Hildebrand says:

    Was not surprised.

  • carol Zielke says:

    How do I make sure my glasses have this AR coating? I asked to have the AR coating last time I got my glasses. I’m still getting night time glare from on coming cars and I do not feel I see clearly.

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Carol,
      You can take them to your eye doctor’s office to verify if the lens coating has been added. If you are having trouble seeing clearly it would be best to discuss with them to see what can be done.
      Best, Angelina F., VSP

  • Janice Moss says:

    would like to see enhancement for people who do computer work all day

  • kneal says:

    Anyone else had a problem with the coating coming off the lense?

  • Drina Moya says:

    What’s the cost oAR coating?

  • Steve says:

    It seems this benefit is not covered by VSP. True?

  • Tmedcalf says:

    I just love that they don’t scratch, hated looking around the scratchies

  • jeff s says:

    I went back to non-AR coatings after many years because they were a complete pain in the neck to clean! With regular lenses I can easily use a shirt or other handy cloth. Yes, there is more reflection off them but if it wasn’t for AR marketing none of us would notice. Save your $$.

  • Bryan says:

    Would be nice if AR was a covered benefit

  • Durander Mumford says:

    I lost my glasses doing the storm(Florence)when I had to go on the roof of the house at night to repair a leak, the wind blew them off. Yes I do miss them.

  • Anja says:

    I found my lenses have to be replaced MORE often because the coating becomes splotchy over time so I had to start turning my head at angles to focus clearly on specific things.

    • Virginia says:

      That has happened to my glasses as well…paid premium price followed cleaning instructions carefully…then spots. Expensive do over not at all happy with provider and or coating. You never really know what coating is applied. You can determine lense manufacturer.

  • dstacykc says:

    AR coating causes lenses to fog moreeasily. It becomes especially problematic when going from warm to cold and cold to warm environments.

  • Beth says:

    I purchased ar coating. How do you know they actually put it on? Because I have a lot of glare I have to take them off at night because the glare is so bad from the headlights that I can’t even see with them on. Plus they get filthy dirty all the time. And every picture you can’t see my eyes.

  • Sandy Cofer says:

    I have always worn high index lenses with AR coating and never experienced any problems. I’ve now had eye surgery and have new glasses that are no longer high index due to the corrections in acuity that was possible. Yes, they have AR coating but for the first time ever, I absolutely cannot get them clean and have tried everything. One optician informed me that I didn’t have the type that would prevent the problems..”EZ clean” types and named a couple of products that I know I’ve had in the past. What would you recommend? I would gladly pay more to get a product that can be easily cleaned. I currently have 3 types of lense wipes and 4 bottles of sprays that have been suggested and non of them will cut the film.

  • Barbara says:

    My experience has always been that AR is great until it starts to peel off, usually just after a year. If there is an AR coating that is more durable, I would gladly pay more for it. If some types of AR are better than others, then I wish the VSP people would share that information.

  • Lee Terrell says:

    Beware that heat can affect the AR coating. I found out the hard way during my 3rd week of wearing my new glasses while burning yard debris.

  • Sheila says:

    I love his coating. Just regret I didn’t get anti fog. I’ve never had a problem.

  • john says:

    I have the AR I have to remove the glasses for night driving. The glare is horrible. When watching tv the clarity is hampered. I watch tv without glasses. The tv is twelve ft away. It seems the AR cuts down on the amount of light that the eyes need to see clearly. My next pair will not have AR.

  • Lori says:

    I’m seeing a lot of negative comments about the AR protective coating peeling or spotting. I have been using this coating for many years now and have had zero problems with them. Yes, I’m more careful about how I clean them–use the cleaning spray and a soft eyeglass cleaning cloth every couple of days. You’d be surprised how harsh various clothing fabrics can be on any type of lenses, so I’ve trained myself to avoid doing that. These steps have made the difference in getting scratches and I’m pretty hard on them – I’m a gardener, horseback trail rider, camper, country girl. I’m wondering too about where the problem ones are being manufactured? All I know is I love them and they’ve worked great for me in tough conditions (but I am mindful of taking care of them for sure!)

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