How to Avoid Eyeglass Glare

Glare forms on your glasses from intense, or misdirected light. Normally, sunlight scatters, but on certain surfaces like water the intense light can form a glare. This glare can not only inhibit your sight, but can put you in danger when driving or engaging in other activities that can become hazardous. Several different coatings for eyeglasses will reduce glare. You can get these coatings at your local optometrist’s office.


1. Wear eyeglasses with an anti-reflective coating. Anti-reflective coating is composed of several layers of metal oxides designed to block reflective light on both sides of the lens. The coating will reduce overall eyeglass glare. Your optometrist can apply anti-reflective coatings to your current glasses, or you can purchase a new pair.

2. Wear a pair of polarized lenses. People enjoying outdoor activities on surfaces that reflect direct light are prime users of polarized lenses. For example, skiers will experience a glare on their glasses from the light reflected off the snow. Polarized lenses incorporate a filter that blocks this intense light, thereby reducing glare. You can use polarized lenses indoors as wel l– next to windows with bright lights or other light-intensive areas. Polarized lenses don’t fit every situation. For instance, they can reduce visibility for viewing LCD screens and when you need light to see. Polarized lenses usually come as prescription sunglasses, but you can polarize your current lenses.

3. Wear specially designed computer glasses when working online. The computer screen consists of tiny pixels that are constantly changing, causing your eyes to constantly refocus on the screen image. This can strain your eyes and cause other ailments like headaches and back and neck pain from tipping your head forward toward the screen. Computer glasses reduce the glare on the computer screen, which allows your eyes to refocus on the screen’s changing pixels easier.