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Non-Glare Eyeglass Lenses | Long Island Eye Doctor

Joel Kestenbaum, OD

To Glare or Not to Glare….  That is the question

Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are the three most common reasons why people wear eyeglasses.  The choices of frames are endless.  The choices of lenses are better defined.  When it comes to lenses, there are certain options that one can choose.  These include thinner lenses, UV protection, scratch resistance and non-glare lenses.

In my opinion, there is one option that should not be an option.  Non-glare, also called anti-glare or anti reflective lenses have so many benefits.  These lenses are truly a necessity.  Standard prescription lenses, although they may make your vision clearer, actually reduce the amount of pure light getting to your eyes.  Depending on the lens material, you can lose as much as 15% of the incoming light to reflections within the lens.  This is why when you look at someone wearing eyeglasses, you see reflections of yourself or the sky or the overhead lights.

Non-Glare lenses actually help you see better than you would with conventional lenses.  They improve vision by reducing reflections coming off your lenses.  They improve night vision, computer vision, vision in sunlight and vision indoors.  Non-glare lenses are not new.  They are improved to the point where they are scratch resistant and smudge resistant as well.  Non-glare lenses improve the cosmetic appearance of eyeglasses by minimizing the rings that you would otherwise see in high prescriptions.  As an added benefit, the lenses appear thinner than they actually are.

So I am baffled why someone would choose “glare” lenses.  In Europe and in Asia, non-glare lenses are the norm.   In the United States, patients are slowly accepting theses lenses as the standard.  In our office, we have been educating our patients about the benefits of non-glare lenses for over 15 years.  We have such confidence in today’s technology that we offer to change the lenses to the older “glare” lenses if for some reason a patient isn’t satisfied.  We have never had to honor this guarantee with the newer technology non-glare lenses.

So when you are in need or in the market for a new pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses, think about whether you want to glare or not to glare.

Thank you for choosing OPTIX Family Eyecare Center as your first choice for eyecare and eyewear.

Joel Kestenbaum, OD


  1. Anti-glare coating is on the short list of my “must haves” when I buy glasses. I learned a couple years back that it makes a really big difference in my night vision. Now that I’m gradually making the switch to contacts, it doesn’t matter as much though. All of my backup glasses will have it though.

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