If you’re wondering what the difference is between anti-reflective coating vs. blue light coating, you’re not alone! It’s a question we get a lot, so we want to clear it up and better equip you to know which coating is right for you. Continue on to find out how the two coatings are similar, and how they’re different.


Anti-Reflective Coating vs. Blue Light Coating

1. Anti-Reflective Coating
2. Blue Light Coating
3. Similarities & Differences


More of a visual person? Eyeglass Tyler has you covered. Watch as he compares anti-reflective coating vs. blue light coating.


What is Anti-Reflective Coating?

Also known as AR, non-glare, or anti-glare, anti-reflective coating is applied to the surface of the lens to minimize glare and reflection bouncing off of it. It’s a really useful and beneficial coating to have, and we almost always recommend it. It’s most often applied to both sides of eyeglass lenses, and on the back side of sunglass lenses.

We have a lot of resources available when it comes to this topic! If you have more questions, be sure to check out if anti-reflective coatings are worth it, if you even need it on your sunglasses, and a comparison of polarized lenses vs. an anti-reflective coating.


What is Blue Light Coating?

An important distinction to make before we jump into this section is that there are blue light-blocking lenses that don’t require a coating; it’s part of the makeup of the lens. What we’re discussing is a blue light coating. Why would we need this coating? With so many digital devices being used daily, harmful shortwave blue light damage has become increasingly prevalent.

A blue light coating is often found within an anti-reflective coating. At SportRx for example, our blue defense coating is an AR coating with the added benefit of blocking damaging blue light.


Anti-Reflective vs. Blue Light Coating – Similarities & Differences

When it comes to the similarities of anti-reflective and blue light coatings, they’re both an AR coating, so they have the benefit of minimizing glare. The difference is, the blue defense coating has the added blue light-blocking capabilities in addition to the AR coating.


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