Lens coatings are thin films of material bonded to the surface of your lenses that produce different effects. Adding coatings to your lenses is completely optional, but it can enhance the performance and durability of your eyewear. Here are descriptions of the different coating options we offer.
All lenses get scratched over time with normal wear and tear, even if the owner takes great pains to protect them with cloths, cases, and careful handling. Applying a scratch-resistant coating to your lenses can help cut down greatly on damage.
Scratch-resistant coatings are applied to the front and back of the lens and are typically made up of diamond-based compounds, which provide unparalleled hardness and durability. If you have a young glasses-wearer in your house, adding a scratch-resistant coating is a great way to protect your investment.
ULTRAVIOLET PROTECTION (UV)
The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun cause fabric to bleach, skin to darken and burn, and eyes to develop cataracts and other vision damage. UV light is a form of radiation, and like all radiation exposure, it builds up over time. Adding UV-protective coatings to your eyewear—especially your sunglasses—can help prevent problems with your eyes in the future.
Children, teenagers, athletes, and others who spend great amounts of time in the sun should opt for UV protection.
Optical lens engineers first developed anti-reflective coatings to help scientists see more clearly through cameras, microscopes, and telescopes. They applied layers of metallic oxides to the lenses in order to let more light flow through. However, like many innovations, AR technology has made its way into the consumer mainstream.
AR coating provides a cosmetic and a practical benefit for wearers. People looking at you see fewer reflections on the lenses and a clearer view of your eyes. Meanwhile, you have less trouble with internal reflections on your glasses, along with reduced reflections from wet roads, computer monitors, and headlights.
HIGH-LUSTER EDGE POLISH
Rimless and semi-rimless frames can benefit from high-luster edge polish, which provides a super-smooth finish to the exposed edges of lenses. Edge polish is performed by our skilled technicians to a high standard of quality.
Do you spend most of your waking life looking at a computer screen? Anti-radiation coating (or EMI coating) can help protect your eyes from eye strain and eye fatigue, as well as blocking electromagnetic radiation. This clear coating is completely invisible and provides 100% protection from this type of radiation.
GRADIENT LENS TINTING
For sunglasses, we provide gradient lens tinting. This is the term for lenses that are dark at the top and gradually get lighter as you go down, becoming completely clear at the bottom.
We offer grey or brown gradient tints. Silver, blue, and similar color frames go best with grey lenses, while gold, red, and brown frames complement the brown lenses very well.
SOLID LENS TINTING
We offer solid lens tinting in brown or grey. The tinting process is similar to dyeing cloth, in that the lenses are left to soak in a tinting solution until they have achieved a uniform tint. You can specify how dark you want the tint: 0% is completely clear, while 100% is completely dark.
CRIZAL ALIZE COATING
A highly-advanced, trademarked coating, Crizal Alize offers unmatched durability when applied to lenses. It's incredibly scratch-resistant and also protects from:
- Water beading
The Crizal Alize process makes lenses extremely slippery, allowing you to wipe dirt and dust right off, while oil and smudges don't even get a chance to stick in the first place.