Spectacle Lenses With Scratch Resistance
How To Protect Your Lenses From Scratches
There’s nothing worse than buying an expensive gorgeous pair of glasses and then accidentally dropping them before you’ve even had the chance to show them off. They might not break, but the lenses are probably going to get scratched. While there is no such thing as a 100% scratch-proof lens - even glass scratches - they can be made scratch resistant.
What Are Anti-Scratch Lenses?
Anti-scratch lenses are made by coating plastic lenses with hard protective layers. This coating is applied to the front and back of the lenses.
Virtually all plastic lenses today are treated with scratch-resistant coating during the manufacturing process. This is especially true for materials like high-index and polycarbonate. High-index lenses are much thinner than traditional ones, while polycarbonate which is also a high-index lens, is highly impact-resistant, (both these types of lens materials have built in UV protection).
High-quality anti-reflection coatings like Crizal, include a hard / scratch resistant coating and so protect your glasses as well as giving clear vision all the time.
Benefits Of Scratch-Resistant Glass Lenses
Scratch-resistant lenses are:
- Less prone to getting scrapes and ugly scratches on the surface
- More durable over time
- Help reduce abrasions and fine scratches that can occur when cleaning your glasses
- Keep your lenses looking as good as new for longer
Who Needs Anti-Scratch Lenses?
Anyone can benefit from scratch-resistant lenses, but there are people who need them more than others.
If you tend to leave your glasses lying around unprotected, or if you don’t usually put them in the case they came in, then you definitely need scratch-resistant lenses.
If you don't always keep your glasses clean or you are prone to accidentally dropping them them, a scratch-resistant coating will help protect the lenses longer.
Kids are probably the ones who need anti-scratch lenses the most. They can be rough on their eyewear just by going out to play. If they have scratch-resistant lenses, you may not have to replace the lenses every time they get too excited in the playground or shove their glasses unprotected into the pocket of their backpack .
How to Prevent Scratches
Bear in mind that even scratch-resistant lenses are not totally immune to scrapes and grazes, especially if you don't take good care of them.
To avoid damaging your lenses:
- Make sure that you clean them regularly and only with the appropriate cleaning solutions
- Use the cloth that comes with your glasses - not your shirt, paper towels, or any other abrasive material. Many clothes these days are micro-fibre and are great at removing oil and dirt just pop the cloth in with your cotton laundry wash every couple of weeks (but DON"T use fabric softener)
- Use mild detergent mixed with clean warm water and dry with a soft linen or terry towelling cloth
- Make sure you always put your glasses in their case when you’re not using them
- If you are taking your glasses on and off just remember to keep the arms open and use the arms to support them on the table or desk.
A word of caution - no matter how many home remedies you may find that say you can remove scratches from spectacle lenses, they are all wrong, once they're scratched there's no going back.
If you’re unsure about which coating suits your lifestyle and lenses, do not hesitate to ask your optometrist.
Looking for scratch resistant glasses?
Visit your optometrist and ask about Crizal today