People often wonder if you can get prescription sunglasses with mirrored lenses. We're here to shed some light on the topic and answer some questions you may have about mirror coatings.
Prescription Sunglasses with Mirrored Lenses
1. What is a Mirror Coating?
2. Can Mirrored Lenses be Polarized?
3. What is the Difference Between Mirrored and Polarized Lenses?
4. Can You Remove Scratches from a Mirrored Lens?
5. Prescription Mirrored Sunglasses at SportRx
In the video below, Eyeglass Tyler breaks down what a mirror coating is, if mirror lenses can be polarized, what the difference is between mirrored and polarized lenses, and whether you can remove scratches from a mirror coating. Read on to learn more!
A mirror coating reflects light off of the lens, so less light enters through to your eye. It also helps with what Tyler refers to as "ambient glare," AKA light coming in at harsh angles. You don't tend to get much use out of this light anyway, so a mirror is a good feature to have.
Mirrors are also a good cosmetic option! They allow for easy color customization, so you can get a cool-looking color on the outside of the lens while the actual lens color is different.
Yes, they can! The two features aren't competitive so you can get both in the same pair of sunglasses. You can even benefit from having both, so in some cases we do recommend both, especially if you want the darkest lens possible.
Tyler notes that he doesn't always recommend a polarized lens even though it's compatible with a mirror coating. If you want to know whether polarized lenses are good for you, check out our Polarized Sunglasses Buyer's Guide.
Polarized and mirrored lenses are two different features that stand separately from each other, but they work a little differently. While a mirror coating is applied to the front side of a lens, a polarized filter is part of the lens that cuts horizontal light. Horizontal light is the cause of most, if not all, glare. Asphalt, cars, windshields, and water are all prone to glare, so polarized lenses are big if you're doing anything involving water, and they're pretty important for driving as well.
Like we said, polarization and mirror coatings are two different things, so if you want the darkest lens you can get, both are good features to have.
Unfortunately not. This is because a mirror coating is a coating applied to the lens, and if you try to buff out the scratch you will reduce the lens clarity as well as take the coating right off. The only way to get rid of a scratch is to replace the lens completely.
We get asked about mirror coatings a lot because they're traditionally more prone to scratching. Sadly, no lens is 100% scratch-resistant. However, at SportRx we only use the best-quality hard coatings to reduce the risk. By getting the highest quality mirror, they'll last you longer.
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