Lens coatings can enhance the durability, performance and appearance of your eyewear lenses. This is true whether you wear single vision, bifocal or progressive lenses. If you are thinking about purchasing new eyewear, here are lens coatings and treatments you should consider.
Nothing is more frustrating than having your eyeglasses fog up when you come in from the cold. This also can be a safety issue, since it limits your ability to see until the fog clears. Lens fogging can be especially dangerous for police officers and other first responders to emergency situations.
At least one eyeglass lens coating company (Opticote in the USA) has created a permanent coating designed to eliminate this problem. The factory-applied coating — called Fog Free — eliminates the condensation of moisture on lenses that causes fogging. So your lenses and vision stay clear when you make the transition from a cold environment to a warm one. It may also keep your lenses from fogging up during sports and other times you are hot and perspiring.
Fog Free can be applied to plastic, polycarbonate and other eyeglass lenses, including high-index lenses and Transitions photochromic lenses. The anti-fog coating is applied to the lenses before they are cut to fit into your frame at the optical lab. Ask your optical retailer about pricing and availability.
Another option in anti-fog lens technology is Optifog lenses (Essilor).
The anti-fogging property of Optifog lenses is activated by applying a drop of Optifog Activator to each side of the lens, then wiping the lens with a microfiber cloth to thoroughly spread the liquid across the entire lens surface. This treatment keeps the lenses fog-free for up to one week, according to Essilor.
Lens fogging is caused by tiny water droplets that form by condensation on the surface of eyeglass lenses when the lenses are significantly cooler than the surrounding air temperature. Optifog works by uniformly spreading these water droplets across the lens surface so they become invisible, Essilor says.
Optifog lenses are available in plastic, polycarbonate and high-index plastic lens materials, with or without Essilor’s proprietary Crizal anti-reflective coating.
Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician or doctor.
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