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Anti-reflective coating on your glasses – is it worth it?

Whenever I’m recording a You Tube video in my work-room, all I seem to do is spin round in circles trying not to have massive white rectangles on my glasses. They somehow even manage to appear with my back to the window! When Chris is taking photos for my Weekly Wardrobe posts, we’ve more-or-less given up with glasses, so I stumble about blind for the sake of not having glaring white blobs in the middle of my face. (Hashtag blogger problems.) I am so short-sighted, I cannot see a thing without them, and I hate that feeling so much. So finally, even though there was nothing particularly wrong with my glasses, I decided to splash out and buy a new pair with anti-reflective coating….

I’ve never had problems with reflections on my glasses as badly as this pair. It was the first time I bought from Glasses Direct, and as they don’t offer scratch-resistant coating as standard, I didn’t bother paying extra for it. All my previous glasses have been from Specsavers, and I think the scratch-resistant coating that they give as standard must go a little way to help against reflections, because my kid’s glasses from there don’t reflect so much, and I don’t remember previous glasses being as bad either.

Anyway, while shooting for tomorrow’s Weekly Wardrobe on the beach at Brean today, we did a little comparison test.

Old glasses

Old glasses

Old glasses

Old glasses

New glasses with anti-reflective coating

New glasses with anti-reflective coating

New glasses with anti-reflective coating

New glasses with anti-reflective coating

So is it worth getting anti-reflective coating on your glasses? Yes, definitely. At first I was thinking it would only be worth it if you’re having your photo taken a lot – which in this day in age is probably true for most of us. Then I thought, even if you only have your photo taken at a yearly family get-together, it would be a shame if your image is spoiled by the living room windows reflecting from your glasses. And then, I noticed, just looking in the mirror gives me a much clearer image of my eyes. It makes putting on eye-shadow much more worthwhile! and also, it just means my family can see me better. The eyes are the window to our souls as they say, so it’s a shame if others can’t see it. So yes, pay the £30 extra. Or, if you pay £40 for thinning of the glass at Specsavers, then the anti-reflective coating is included. I did this and my glasses are so much lighter than my old pair so I’m not desperate to take them off at the end of the day. All in all a good investment that’s definitely worthwhile.

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Caz

Might have to try this with my next pair. I am virtually blind without my glasses (I can see a couple of inches and that’s it!) so have incredibly thick lenses that I have to get thinned down and never both with any coatings. I did try both anti-reflective and anti-scratch a few years ago from Specsavers and d’yknow what? They’re the only pair I ever got a scratch on! They were also a nightmare to clean; seemed the cleaning fluid would just smear on them instead of clean. But I’m sure things have progressed now so maybe I’ll give it a go next time around; god knows I pay enough for the thinning so the extra for the coatings won’t make a massive difference. Thanks for the review.

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Helen

Thank you for the comment Caz. I only picked up my glasses on Friday, so I haven’t really had a chance to get them needing a good clean yet. The underside of my top for a quick wipe has done the trick when needed though!! My husband convinced me that the upgrades on glasses are worth it – after all, they are on your face every single day – they are thing that everyone will see, as well as what we need to be able to see! So I agreed that it’s better to spend the money there than on a new pair of shoes or some other item of clothing that might only get worn a few times a year. I’ll keep you updated on the cleaning issue!

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