uvex lens coating technologies

uvex’s pioneering lens coatings deliver the very best in German engineering. Developed in our own manufacturing facilities in Fürth, Germany, our lens coatings are permanent even after repeated cleaning. This offers great value for money and means you can get on with the job at hand without any distractions from your eyewear.

Easy to clean - nanotechnology

The inclusion of nano particles in the chemistry of uvex's scratch-resistant lens coating facilitates the creation of what's termed the "Lotus Effect" on the lens surface.

This hydrophobic effect implies that liquid remains on the 'top' of the surface, allowing it to move more freely. Lenses become significantly easier to wipe clean since the smoother surface reduces adherence, enabling dirt particles to simply slide off.

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Which uvex lens coating do I need?

uvex has developed 3 core lens coatings and several special coatings each with their own formula. The flow process used to apply the coating allows different coating combinations to be applied, making them application-specific for maximum effectiveness.

Different workplaces require different lens coatings for safety eyewear due to variations in working conditions.

uvex has created a simple-to-use guide to help you select the right lens coating for your workplace. Use this diagram to help you choose the correct lens coating for your safety eyewear according to levels of temperature, humidity and dirt.

Find your coating:

• Select the temperature which best represents your working environment on the horizontal temperature axis
• Define the air humidity of the surroundings in percentage terms and find the figure on the diagonal axis
• Determine the degree of dirt on the vertical axis
• Join these three points to form a triangle

The part of the triangle with the largest area will show you the appropriate coating for your defined area of use.

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Types of coatings

Lens coatings can be either:
• hydrophobic (moisture repelling) detergent-based coatings (which can be washed off) or
• hydrophilic (moisture absorbing).

A hydrophobic coating is soap-based and works by repelling moisture, spreading the droplets across the lens. This ultimately leads to a build up of fog on the lens, which requires cleaning to remove it. Eventually, depending on the quality of the coating, the detergent properties will be washed from the lens, rendering it ineffective.

Unlike hydrophobic coatings, hydrophilic coatings act like a sponge and absorb the moisture into the lens. The coating can hold a high amount of moisture and releases it at the edge of the lens. Hydrophilic coatings are not soap-based making them permanent (they can't be washed off).

uvex core lens coatings

uvex supravision sapphire

Lenses coated with uvex supravision sapphire are extremely scratch-resistant and offer excellent resistance against chemicals. The coating system refined by nanotechnology shows a considerable increase in the non-stick properties and is therefore easier to clean. Watery and greasy dirt can be removed easily.


uvex supravision excellence

Lenses coated with uvex supravision excellence are anti-fog on the inside, extremely scratch-resistant and resistant to chemicals on the outside. The anti-fog coating is permanent. The lenses are also particularly easy to clean due to the nano clean effect and are less susceptible to soiling.


uvex supravision THS

Lenses coated with uvex supravision have advanced anti-fog performance on both sides. The anti-fogging properties are permanent, even after being repeatedly cleaned. This lens coating is suitable for areas with high humidity. 



Special coatings

uvex supravision extreme

Lenses coated with uvex supravision extreme have a scratch-resistant exterior and permanent anti-fog interior. Fogging is not possible as the coating does not saturate. It is most suitable for working areas with long-term exposure to condensation and a high level of dirt.



uvex supravision variomatic

Lenses coated with uvex supravision variomatic are self-colouring filters that offer the best vision with automatic darkening within 10 seconds and brightening after 30 seconds. With the proven uvex supravision excellence technology (anti-fog on the inside, extremely scratch-resistant on the outside) with immediate effect. Particularly suitable for working areas with frequent movement from inside to outside, and from light to dark.


uvex supravision clean

Lenses coated with uvex supravision clean are autoclavable and resistant to chemicals. Anti-fog on the inside, extremely scratch-resistant on the outside. The anti-fog coating is retained for at least 10 autoclave cycles. The coating ensures absolute freedom from fogging as well as maximum vision.


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uvex infradur and uvex infradur plus

Lenses coated with uvex infradur are scratch-resistant on both sides and minimise the damage from welding sparks. Lenses coated with uvex infradur plus are anti-fog on the inside and extremely scratch-resistant on the outside, and also minimise the damage from welding sparks.

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uvex supravision ETC

Lenses coated with uvex supravision ETC are superior anti-fog on both sides of the lens. The coating forms a thin veil of water in humid environments without impairing vision. Ideal when moving between areas of different temperatures and humidities. 

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Scratch-resistant lenses

Lens scratches can seriously compromise your safety, raising the risk of injury.

Impaired vision makes it tougher to spot hazards, and you might end up with headaches and fatigue. uvex’s scratch-resistant coatings significantly boost the lifespan of your lenses, keeping you safe for longer and offering value for your money.

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The first autoclavable safety eyewear

uvex has developed the first autoclavable safety eyewear with anti-fog coating for specialist requirements in laboratories, clinics, cleanrooms and food manufacturing. From ultra-light safety spectacles and goggles with a panoramic lens, the uvex CR is the ideal safety eyewear for all areas of application and specifically have been designed for repeated autoclave sterilisation (at least 20 times for 20 minutes each at 121 °C).

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Lens tinting solution - find your right tint

It is most important to choose the most suitable lense tint for your environment to ensure your eyes are not getting strained due to the nature of your work.There are several kinds of tints out there to choose from depending on your situation. To help you find the right tint for your environment, we’ve created an interactive lens tinting advisor which will help you find the perfect tinting for your application.

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