Coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Read more.

Book Eye Exam

English / Español

Or call us at (866) 286-7036

What Lens Finishes Can I Add to My Glasses?


Patient Education – Premium Lens Finishes

Lens Options for Your Prescription Eyeglasses

Premium lens coatings offer many benefits to eyeglass wearers such as UV protection, scratch resistance, glare reduction and can also help repel both dust and fingerprints. Multiple coating options can be applied to both the front and back surface of your eyeglass lenses.

Lens coatings once had a problem with peeling after a short time, but today’s premium lens options are extremely durable and long-lasting. My EyeLab recommends anti-reflective coatings to all our patients as this helps to reduce glare and allows more light to penetrate the lenses allowing you to see more clearly.

Choose From Premium Lens Coatings

Here are just a few of the many premium lens options you can choose from when ordering your prescription eyeglasses. Come in to My EyeLab for a free eye exam and talk to one of our managers or frame specialists who can tell you about all our available premium lens coatings and prices. Ask about our sunglasses bundle which includes tint, UV and hard coating in a single lens.

UV Protection

This coating guards against both UV-A and UV-B rays which are a leading cause of vision problems including cataracts, photokeratitis and pterygium. My EyeLab recommends UV protective coating on all plastic lenses. Polycarbonate and high index lenses have built-in UV protection.

How dark a lens is tinted has nothing to do with it’s protection against UV rays. If you are looking to protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, make sure the sunglasses you buy are rated for 100% UV protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays.

Hard Coat

Our anti-scratch coating guards against scratching, chipping and breaking. Hard coat also acts as a warranty if you scratch, chip or break the lenses with a 20% replacement fee. My EyeLab recommends hard coat finish on all plastic lenses and kid’s eyeglasses. Hard coatings are often used along with an anti-reflective lens coating as they help the AR layer adhere more securely to the lens.


Gradient lenses have a gradual change in tint from a darker color at the top of the lens to a lighter color at the bottom. Gradients are cosmetically appealing to anyone wanting a tinted lens but doesn’t want the entire lens to be dark. Gradients work well for partial light blocking but offer clear vision when looking out the bottom of the glasses and are the perfect option for driving or reading at the beach on a sunny day.

Gradients can also be used to turn your prescription eyeglasses into a pair of prescription sunglasses. Gradient tints work well for anyone that is a bit reluctant to use photochromic lenses as that type of lens doesn’t transition as quickly as some people like especially in extremely hot or excessively cold environments.


Customize the lens color in your next pair of glasses. Gray, brown and green are the most common colors used when tinting lenses. Tinted lenses retain the same color density whether indoors or out. If you are looking for lenses that transition from light to dark depending on ambient light conditions, consider purchasing photochromic lenses. At Eye Lab you can choose from a variety of tint colors for your lenses including rose, blue, brown, gray, green or yellow.


Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are popular with outdoor enthusiasts as they help block out light and glare bouncing off reflective surfaces such as water, snow, ice and sand. They work a bit like an anti-reflective coating but are a treatment usually reserved for sunglasses and other darkly tinted lenses.

Polarized lenses are never clear, but can be tinted in almost any shade desired including green, brown or gray. Anti-reflective coatings can be combined with polarization for optimal anti-glare protection.

Anti Reflective Coating

Anti-reflective, also called anti-glare coating reduces eye fatigue, reflection and glare. AR coatings help reduce eye strain and work well for people spending a lot of time in front of computers, indoors under fluorescent lighting and as a bonus help improve vision while driving at night.

AR coating improves night vision and cosmetically enhances photos taken while wearing glasses. Anti-reflective coatings are usually both oleophobic and hydrophobic, meaning they repel both water and oil.


Polishing your eyeglass glass lenses reduces the appearance of thicker lenses and makes for a more attractive option when using higher prescriptions in a rim-less frame. Available in satin or high gloss finishes. Polishing is recommended when used in tandem with eyeglass anti-reflective coating.

Roll & Polish

A portion of the lens is ground off to make the edges of spectacle lenses appear thinner than they actually are. This tapered lens option is especially attractive on higher prescription lenses. As your eyeglass prescription increases, the thickness of your lens increases. A roll and polish, available in either a satin or high gloss finish, will actually reduce the thickness of the edge of the lens.

Prescription Glasses at My EyeLab

Visit a My EyeLab store near you for great deals on eye exams and glasses for the entire family.

Need an eye exam? Schedule your FREE eye exam at a My EyeLab location near you!

schedule an appointment

related posts