Glass Vs Plastic Lenses: The Difference You Should Know

If you wear sunglasses or eyeglasses, you might have faced this dilemma of choosing your lenses—in this case, Glass or Polycarbonate plastic lenses. Which one would you choose? Each one comes with its quirks. But there can be only one winner.

On that note, there are the subtle differences between glass and polycarbonate plastic that you should know about.

Polycarbonate lenses are better at absorbing UV Rays

Polycarbonate lenses are better equipped at absorbing UV Rays. Reason? Plastic lenses are less transparent than glass, which means it can absorb more UV Rays coming from the sun.

Glass can withstand high temperatures

It’s simple logic, right? Polycarbonate plastic lenses cannot bear high temperatures because they are made out of plastic, and plastic expands and contracts when exposed to hot and cold weather conditions for long periods of time. While a lens crafted out of glass does.

Polycarbonate lenses can withstand High-Impact and are shatterproof

If you are looking for something that will last (and you are clumsy) then Polycarbonate lenses should be your preferred choice. Polycarbonate lenses are great for kids if you are looking to pick on for your child. Polycarbonate plastic lenses are great for outdoor activities too.  

Glass lenses are scratch-resistant

Glass might be resistant to scratches, but you can apply an anti-scratch coating on your plastic lenses and protect them too. We don't see much of a difference here. 

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Polycarbonate plastic lenses are lightweight

 Glass lenses are chunky, but polycarbonate plastic lenses are way lighter than glass lenses. This means you can have them on for longer periods of time. And they are fit for activities like running, cycling and other outdoor activities.  

Polycarbonate plastic lenses have better Anti-Reflective Coating

Anti-Reflective Coating works better on Polycarbonate plastic lenses because it’s easier to apply them then on glasses lenses.

Glass lenses are superior when it comes to clarity

Yes, glass lenses are clearer, but plastic lenses are not shabby either. Compare them and see for yourself.

Polycarbonate plastic lenses are affordable

Polycarbonate plastic lenses will cost you half of what glass lenses cost. If you are on a budget and are looking for something more versatile, then polycarbonate plastic lenses are the ones you should pick.    

Still sceptical which lenses to choose? Count the number of wins and you will know which is the better one.

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