Reflected light and glare are real problems for people who wear glasses. Driving at night, working on computers or spending time under fluorescent lights or outdoors is frustrating when glare causes eyestrain or other problems. You can change certain things about your lenses or get a different type of lens that helps reduce reflection and glare.
1 Add a light gray or brown tint to your lenses. A light tint reduces a small amount of the reflection in your lenses. Tinting a lens too dark impedes your vision indoors, so be sure to discuss the tint with your eye care practitioner for help selecting the right amount of color. You can also send your lenses to an online lab that tints eyeglass lenses, or take your glasses to an optical retail store. Some eye care offices and stores have tinting units on site and will tint your lenses while you wait or in a few hours.
Add a light contrasting-enhancing tint to your lenses if your reflection problems are from using your computer monitor or screen. Macular Degeneration (MD) Support notes that the most common tints used are pink, gray or beige.
2 Try a photochromic or transition lens, a kind of eyeglass lens that changes from light indoors to dark outdoors. These lenses are available in glass or plastic and in different levels of darkness. Optometric Management Magazine notes specialty lenses that transition and are designed for people who have extreme light sensitivity or macular degeneration, an age-related eye condition. Your optician can help you select the best type of photochromic lens for your specific reflection problems.
3 Change the lenses in your frames and order new ones with an anti-reflective coating (AR). Unfortunately, AR must be added to lenses before delivery; it cannot be done retroactively. Anti-reflective lenses come with a thin layer on the surface that reduces glare inside the lenses. AR-coated lenses help with both glare and reflected light indoors and are extremely helpful for driving at night. AAA reports that highway patrol troopers notice better vision with anti-reflective lenses.
4 Order a polarized lens. This option also involves replacing your current lenses, but a polarized lens is extremely helpful in reducing reflection off horizontal surfaces. A polarizing filter is placed inside these lenses that blocks specific wavelengths of light and reduces reflections, according to opticianworks.com. This type of lens is helpful for glare problems that arise during water sports, fishing, driving and snow sports and for people who are very light-sensitive outdoors.