Anti-glare is a thin coating applied to the lenses of eyeglasses. It is designed to reduce the glare effect caused by reflections from computer monitors, TV screens or car windows. Anti-glare coatings increase the cost of eyeglasses due to these benefits. However, the coating itself can get scratched and damaged over time, meaning you may be better off taken it off the lenses.
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Book an appointment with the optician who prescribed your glasses, and make sure you bring them with you. Tell the optician if you are having problems with your eyesight. Your optician should be able to tell you whether it's due to the deterioration of the antiglare feature.
Ask your optician if there is a way to repair or recover the antiglare coating rather than having it removed altogether. Opticians have sophisticated cleaning products that may be able to refine the antiglare coating.
Request an estimated price for the removal of the antiglare coating if your optician is unable to improve it through cleaning. Depending on the optician, the process can be expensive, so you may choose to buy new glasses instead.
Ask the optician how long it will take if you decide to go ahead with the antiglare removal. In most cases, it should only take a few minutes, but you may have to come back to collect your glasses if your optician is busy.
Avoid attempting to remove the antiglare coating yourself with any commercial cleaning products. Many of these products contain harmful chemicals which will damage the lenses as well as the antiglare coating.
Maintain your glasses when returned by keeping them clean and storing them in a case when they are not being worn. Only use the cloth and/or cleaning lotion given to you by your optician to optimise the life of your glasses.
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