Should I Put Anti-Glare Coating on my Motorcycle Glasses?

Have you ever experienced a distracting reflection off the inside of your riding glasses, perhaps sunlight cast from the windshield or bumper of a car in the lane beside you?

Should my Motorcycle Glasses have Anti-Glare Coating?

Should I Put Anti-Glare Coating on my Motorcycle Glasses?Can you see headlights approaching from the rear with your peripheral vision, reflected in the sides of your lenses? At night, do streetlights and oncoming headlights blur, spread, or expand into a halo of light, as if you were viewing them while squinting?

All these annoying – and potentially dangerous – effects are caused by light being improperly absorbed by your motorcycle glasses or reflected off your lenses at various angles and right into your eyes. Since both sides of your lenses are equally at fault for these reflections, they can come at you from anywhere.

In the daytime, sunlight is easily reflected off street signs, the windows of passing buildings, other cars, trucks, or motorcycles; basically any shiny surface, such as objects treated with glossy paint or made from reflective materials such as metal or glass. And out on the road, that’s a lot of objects. The culprit could even be your own bike: chrome handlebars, side pipes, or accessories; a polished gas tank or front fender; the glass gauges in front of you.

At night, glare stems from overhead streetlights, sign and bridge interior fluorescents, reflections of ambient house lights as you drive past them, perhaps even a bright moon on a clear night. And headlights. Especially headlights. Headlights are just concentrated beams of light, and whether they are cast from conventional sealed bulbs, halogens, or any number of new, blindingly bright bulb systems, they reflect off the insides of your lenses or refract through the front of your lenses…and right into your eyes.

Whether you ride day or night – and whether you realize it or not – your eyes are continually reacting to and fighting off incoming light reflections. At best this leads to eye fatigue and discomfort. At worst, a blinding reflection that strikes at the wrong time can lead to a serious, even fatal accident.

This is why an anti-glare – otherwise known as an anti-reflective, or AR – coating is strongly recommended for any motorcycles glasses that do not already feature such protection as part of a separate lens coating. AR coatings treat both the interiors and exteriors of your riding lenses to greatly reduce reflected glare from in front or behind you.

Shop AR Coated Motorcycle GlassesAn anti-reflective is useful for any format of motorcycle glasses or goggles, and is practically mandatory if your lenses are high index glass or plastic. High index material is notoriously reflective. So consider having a permanent AR coating applied to your next pair of motorcycle glasses; it will help keep you comfortable on the road, and is an extremely affordable way to insure that you’ll stay on the road.

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