Eyeglasses: Do I need to get AR coating?
In my opinion, Anti-Reflective coating (AR) provides important benefits to the eyeglasses wearer. It helps to fight annoying external reflections. For example, some people complain that they can see reflection of their own eyes in the lenses. Another example is, when you are looking at a person who is wearing prescription eyeglasses and you can’t see her/his eyes because of the reflections. AR helps to eliminate those reflections.
I have AR on my eyeglass lenses myself. It helps me a lot when I drive in the evening. It releases the eye fatigue that I get from the lights on the road. It also helps me when I work with my computer. My eyes do not get as tired. Probably the only inconvenience from AR I know, is that you need to clean your lenses with a solution or regular soap water every few days. But this is something I agree to deal with.
I have a pair of eyeglasses that I bought a few months ago from LensCrafters and I have pretty much hated them since the first day. The sales rep talked me into buying transitional lenses. The main reason I wanted to get prescription sunglasses was to wear them when I'm driving. The problem is that transitions don't go dark when you're in the car. Grrr… So now, I'm looking for a new pair of eyeglasses with colored lenses. I like thin rimmed metal or rimless no-wrap frames.
Transition lenses are ideal for cycling or any kind of outdoor activity. The lenses adjust to the light conditions. But the inconvenience is that they darken only under direct sunlight. They won't change the color behind the windshield or the helmet shield. The salesman should warn you about this
There is a new transition lens available to the market. It is called DriveWear. But is does not change to clear, it goes from light yellow to dark green. And also it is not available in all lens materials and styles yet. But I'm sure they are working on it.
The sunglasses with brown lenses that I find the best in the industry are:
Serengeti Sunglasses with Drivers lenses
Ray Ban Sunglasses with B-15 lenses
These both lenses are also available with Serengeti Prescription Sunglasses and Ray Ban Prescription Sunglasses
In general polarized lenses are recommended for driving. They remove blinding reflections. But I personally would not suggest polarized lenses if you use GPS or any other digital device in a car. If you look at any digital surface through polarized lenses from a certain angle, it can be invisible. That's the only inconvenience you can experience from polarized lenses.