Coatings & Tints
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Scratch Resistant (Hard Coat)
This coat does not make the lenses scratch proof, but certainly scratch resistant. However, they do make the lenses more durable by protecting the lenses from everyday minor scratches, and so prolonging the lifespan of the lenses. The reduction of everyday scratches helps keep the lenses clearer, and give more comfort and clarity long term.
Multi-Layer Coatings (MAR)
Assuming you want the optimum vision for your prescription, the decision becomes which anti-reflection MAR coating to choose. Standard MAR Coating as supplied as standard by most optical companies, or you can pay to upgrade to a better upgrade to a superior coating. Many of our lenses include the superior SmartPlus MAR coating in the price quoted.
Standard Anti-Scratch/Anti-Reflection (MAR) Multi – Layer Coat
As well as protecting the lens surfaces from everyday scratching, MAR reduces distracting reflections on the lens surfaces. Reducing reflected light is particularly helpful for computer users and for night driving. An Anti-reflection coat can improve the cosmetic appearance of your glasses, and is especially effective with rimless glasses. It can enhance the appearance of thicker lenses, making them appear thinner. This coating is also hydrophobic so rain runs off the lens and will clear quicker if the lenses get steamed up.
For the best protection see the Superior SmartCoat Plus below. (Included with many of our lenses as standard.)
Superior Multi Clean MAR – SmartCoat Plus
With SmartCoat Plus A special hard lacquer enhances the level of scratch protection, making it more durable, extending the lifespan of the lenses, keeping vision clearer for longer. SmartCoat Plus has all the properties of an everyday (MAR) Coating, only much better, making the lenses comparable with many of the best branded MAR coated lenses on the market today.
With standard spectacle lenses only about 92% of the light that reaches the spectacle lens reaches the eye. A significant 8% of light is reflected back, away from the eye. The reflections you see in a standard lens are the 8% of light being ‘bounced’ back off the lens.
With SmartCoat Plus anti-reflection lenses 99% of light passes through the lens. Reflections are reduced to just 1%. So you can see almost zero reflections from an anti-reflection lens.
SmartCoat Plus makes the lens surface ultra smooth, making it more difficult for dust and dirt to adhere. As dirt, grease and dust are more noticeable through the anti-reflection properties, the anti-static and clean coat aspects of the coating are a huge help in keeping the lenses clean and clear for longer. The hydrophobic properties make water bead off the surface, helping keep the lens clear in wet weather and helps avoid misting.
NoBlueSpecs™ Blue Light Protection – Clear or Amber Lenses
NoBlueSpecs™Clear Lenses Clear coated blue light blocking lenses (daytime, social, office, work)
NoBlueSpecs™55 Lenses Very light Amber coloured blue light blocking lenses (daytime, office, work, social)
NoBlueSpecs™75 Lenses Medium Amber coloured blue light blocking lenses (evening, TV, nightime,) Aids Sleep
NoBlueSpecs™95 Lenses Dark Amber coloured blue light blocking lenses (evening, TV, nightime,) Aids Sleep, Circadian Rhythm
NoBlueSpecs™Dark Red Medium Amber coloured blue light blocking lenses (evening, TV, nightime,) Aids Sleep, Circadian Rhythm
For full information about the uses of the 4 different Amber coloured NoBlueSpecs™Lenses please see the Blue Light Blocking Lenses button on the home page menu.
NoBlueSpecs™ Blue light blocking lenses and coatings are only available here on Reglazeglasses4U
For Essilors Crizal Prevencia blue light protection scroll down the page to the Essilor tints and coatings section.
UV Protection (UV)
This coating comes as standard with all of myr tinted lenses. I always use full UV400 to maximise eye protection from harmful UV-A and UV-B rays from the sun, a major cause of Cataracts and Macular Degeneration.
Don’t let darker lenses fool you into thinking they offer more protection from UV rays, either. The darkness of the lens does not accurately represent the lenses’ ability to block UV rays.
Always check the label on your lenses to see what level, if any, of UV protection they offer. Also, remember that dark sunglasses without UV protection will cause more damage to your eyes than not wearing sunglasses at all. Darker tints can cause the pupil to dilate, letting more UV rays into the inner part of the eye.
Tints – Solid
Solid tints, meaning the shade is the same all over the lenses, are available in just about any colour. They are all available in 3 depths of colour like the grey and brown tints below. Available as prescription or non prescription lenses.
You have a choice of 3 shades of Grey, or 3 shades of Brown for your tinted lenses.
Coatings and Tints – Dark Grey
is a very good choice for anyone who is light sensitive, and finds heavy glare and bright sunny days a problem. It allows for true colour recognition, so colours remain the same. The blue sky remains blue etc. An excellent choice for holidays abroad, driving, and deep-water sports like fishing and sailing.
Coatings and Tints – Mid Grey
offers the same qualities as dark grey, but to a lesser degree. Also a good shade for tinted reading glasses for outdoor use.
Coatings and Tints – Light Grey
again offers the same qualities as the grey, but only partially. Can also be worn indoors if glare from TV, fluorescent lights etc is a problem.
Coatings and Tints – Dark Brown
is a good choice for anyone with particularly strong prescriptions, as it improves clarity and depth perception. Colour perception can change a fraction, eg. A blue sky will appear more grey in colour when seen through a brown tint. A very good for driving, outdoor sunny sports like golf, and the increased depth perception can help when shallow water fishing.
Coatings and Tints – Mid Brown
offers the same qualities as dark grey, but to a lesser degree. Also a good shade for tinted reading glasses for outdoor use.
Light Brown offers the same qualities as the grey, but only partially. Can also be worn indoors if glare from TV, fluorescent lights etc is a problem
Graduated tints are when the tint is darker at the top of the lens, graduating to a lighter shade towards the bottom of the lens. They are available in the same colours as all the solid tints. Just call and ask for details if you require a particular shade.
Tinted Lenses or Polarized Lenses – Which do I need?
While tinted sunglasses are great for reducing brightness, they don’t eliminate harsh glare like polarized sunglasses. All available as prescription or non prescription lenses.
Sports and Polarized Lenses
For years, boaters and fishermen have reaped the benefits of wearing polarized sunglasses. More recently, however, the benefits of polarization have been embraced by a variety of other outdoor sports enthusiasts and those who enjoy general outdoor recreation. Water-sport athletes, golfers, cyclists, and joggers can all benefit from sunglasses with polarized lenses.
A Grey polarized lens works well in a variety of conditions. Great for driving in it offers absolute true colour reception without distortion, and can be worn all day with minimum eye fatigue. It’s ideal for maximum glare reduction in intense sunlight. Very good for bright showery days as the lenses cut through the glare and rain so vision is much better.
A Copper- Brown polarized lens blocks undesirable blue light while improving contrast in other colours. It is excellent for shooting targets against a green background on a bright day and ideal for activities such as sight fishing and hiking.
Polarized lenses are available in brown grey or green. They come in standard 1.49 thinner 1.60 and super thin 1.67 lenses
They come as dark lenses like G/B 1 or lighter lenses like G/B2
Poloarized lenses are also available with a selection of mirror finishes. eg: Blue, Grey, Green, Gold, Purple, Silver…just ask for whatever colour you’d like if it isn’t listed. we can probably supply it. Polarised lenses are always a solid tint, they are not available as graduated tints.
Essilor Coatings and Tints
Crizal Sapphire® UV
NEW for May 2018 – BEST-IN-CLASS TRANSPARENCY
The Crizal Sapphire UV replaces the Crizal Forte, and has all the benefits of the Forte but with even better transparency.
With Multi-Angular Technology™, new Crizal Sapphire UV lenses reduce reflections from all directions for less distracting glare, better aesthetics, enhanced UV protection, and safer nighttime driving.
Crizal Sapphire UV is without a doubt one of the finest lens coatings available world wide.
Crizal Sapphire UV Coating: Offers Full UV Protection on front and back surface, Anti-Scratch, Anti-Reflective, Water/Grease Repellent, Smudge/Dust Proof. Clean Coat
Crizal Sapphire UV give your eyes the best available protection, on a clear lens, against damaging UV light. Essilor’s exclusive anti-reflective technology is applied to both sides of the lens so that it also blocks reflected UV rays, which can account for up to 50% of exposure. Crizal SapphireUV lenses also come with a two-year guarantee against scratching and defects.
Crizal Prevencia – Blue Light Protection
Crizal Prevencia In Essilor’s own words “Maximises the benefits of light, while reducing the risk. UV light from the sun can cause cataracts while blue-violet light is one of the contributing factors of damage to retinal cells. Prevencia also lets in the good light that regulates sleep and mood, and boosts brain activity.
Our advanced technology provides the most effective UV protection possible, and filters out harmful blue-violet light, while still allowing beneficial blue-turquoise light to pass through. Crizal Prevencia also has all the other benefits Anti-Scratch, Anti-Reflective, Water/Grease Repellent, Smudge/Dust Proof, Clean Coat. Available as prescription or non prescription lenses.
Signature Transitions, XTRActive Transitions
and Introducing New “Colours” Transitions
If Transitions are wanted for sun protection when in a car for driving, the darker XTRActice design will be more suitable as standard Signature Transitions will only partially darken while in a car.
Transitions are also personalised to your style. No matter which glasses frame you choose, we can fit Signature ot XTRActive Transitions.
Choose from the three classical Transitions/Xtractive colours, Grey, Brown and Graphite Green.
Unlike sunglasses, which have a set tint, Signature Transitions lenses are constantly adapting to your surrounding light conditions.
The constant and smooth transition from clear lenses to sunglass lenses allow you to see well in all light conditions. Normally accompanied by Crizal Saphire or Crizal Prevencia Blue Light Protection.
Transitions Style Colours
(Brand new colours for 2018)
You can also choose one of ythe 4 new colours, from the Transitions Style Colours collection: Amethyst, Emerald, Saphire or Amber. Normally accompanied by Essilor’s Crizal Sapphire Anti-Glare Coating. Clear lenses indoors and tinted darker as the sun comes out.
Not available as graduated tinted or polarised lenses.
Ideal for anyone who is extra light sensitive, post cateract, active outdoor lifestyles and those who drive frequently.
The XTRAcyive lenses have all of the same benefits as the Signature Transitions but have the added advantage of going Extra dark in bright sunlight and hotter climates, and will go dark inside a car.
For anyone light sensitive, a faint hint of tint protects eyes from harsh indoor light. Normally accompanied by Essilor’s Crizal Sapphire Coating or Crizal Prevencia Blue Light Protection.
Crizal Sunglass and Graduated Sunglass
Standard tinted lenses can distort how your eyes perceive colour. Here’s how Essilor tints are different!
They are ideal for people with light sensitivity, or for when driving in bright sunshine, as your perception of the colour’s of road signs and traffic lights is unaffected.
Available in a range of colours and graduations, Essilor Tints are specially treated to give 100% protection against damaging UV rays, without altering colour perception. Available as prescription or non prescription lenses.
Crizal sun offers a unique combination of new back surface HMAR and super-hydrophobic treatment on both surfaces of the lenses. The lenses stay cleaner longer, and are much easier to wipe clean.
Polarised Sunglass Lenses
More than just a sun lens – A complete sunwear solution
Xperio Polarising lenses eliminate glare, enhance colour and contrast, whilst protecting the eyes from damaging UV rays. Available as prescription or non prescription lenses.
For Driving: Polarising lenses offer increased safety. they eliminate the glare produced by reflections on wet road surfaces, dashboards and other cars.
For Sports: Particularly useful for water sports (such as sailing and fishing) and winter sports, whenever the eyes are under constant stress from sunlight reflected by flat surfaces(water, snow, ice)
For Protection: For light-sensitive eyes, good for older people and particularly those who have had ocular surgery (refractive or cateract) who need maximum protection.
Xperio Polarising lenses have an Eye-Sun Protection Factor of 50+, which means they give your eyes 50 times more protection than wearing no lenses.
Available in Brown, Grey and Grey-Green.
Xperio Polarised Colours – Full or Graduated Tint (Extra special colours)
Blue/Purple, Blue Sky and Violet available in full tint
Blue/Purple, Blue Sky, Brown, Grey, Grey/Green, and Violet available in graduated tint.
Available as prescription or non prescription lenses.
Optifog and Optifog Sunglass
You no longer need to suffer the inconvenience, embarrassment or danger of fogged-up glasses.
Stay fog free whatever the conditions, and get daily defence against UV to protect the long-term health of your eyes. Anti-fog molecules applied to both surfaces of the lens are activated by Optifog. Very easy to use, just clean your Optifog lenses daily with the Optifog Smart Textile Cloth which is supplied with the lenses, and wash them with water every two weeks.
Essilor’s exclusive anti-reflective technology is also applied to both sides of the lens, protecting your eyes from direct and reflected UV light.
Optifog UV Coating is available for all Essilor lenses except Transitions and XTRAcitve Lenses