Transition lenses darken as soon as you enter the sun, protecting your eyes from dangerous UV rays. This is accomplished by a proprietary photochromic technology that uses trillions of molecules to change their structure.
Many people choose to buy eyeglasses with transition lenses as they provide a range of benefits. These include:
Long-term exposure to UV rays can damage your eyes. While hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen help block UV rays from reaching your eyes, nothing does the job and glasses with transition lenses.
The photochromic layer in these lenses contains millions of silver halide and chlorine molecules that darken when exposed to sunlight or UV rays. This allows you to see outdoors without having to squint, which can cause eye strain and other health issues over time.
When you go indoors, the molecules in the lens revert to their clear state. This means you can enjoy the convenience of having just one pair of glasses to wear throughout the day. This way, you won’t have to worry about keeping track of multiple pairs of glasses or losing them during the day.
Another benefit of transition lenses is that they reduce glare from digital screens. This type of light is known to cause digital eye strain and can even contribute to sleep problems and other issues in some individuals. The photochromic coating in transition lenses reduces glare from LED and digital screens, which can help you enjoy a healthier life while using your favorite electronic devices.
It’s important to note that most modern vehicle windshields block UV rays, which can affect the ability of transition lenses to darken when worn while driving. Additionally, many of these lenses aren’t polarized, which can further affect their driving performance.
Reduces Eye Fatigue
Eye strain caused by squinting in the sunlight can lead to headaches and blurred vision. Transition lenses darken when exposed to UV light to avoid this unnecessary discomfort. They also protect you from UV rays that can cause permanent damage to the eyes, including cataracts and macular degeneration.
These transition lens colors are ideal for people who frequently go back and forth between indoors and outdoors, such as shoppers or restaurant patrons. They can eliminate the need to do the sunglasses-eyeglasses shuffle, which often results in forgetting one or the other. Additionally, children can benefit from transition lenses because they won’t have to worry about losing their sunglasses.
Another positive feature of these lenses is blocking harmful blue light from the sun and electronic screens. This high-energy visible (HEV) light stimulates cells in the retina, causing eye strain and disrupting sleep patterns.
Transitions offer a wide range of tints to match your lifestyle, needs, and style. The most popular choices are gray, green, and brown, but other options exist. You can choose from different lens designs, materials, and various anti-reflective coatings to enhance your comfort, performance, and appearance. You can get these lenses in bifocals, trifocals, and progressive lenses to suit your specific vision needs.
Reduces UV Exposure
Long-term exposure to UV rays harms the eyes and skin, especially for children. Many eye care professionals recommend wearing hats and sunglasses for sun protection. However, nothing is as convenient and effective at reducing UV ray exposure as transition lenses that are clear indoors and darken when exposed to sunlight.
When a pair of transition lenses is exposed to UV light, trillions of photochromic molecules in the lens begin to change structure and darken the lens. This occurs even when the lenses are not in direct sunlight. The lenses can darken through cloud cover and when the sun is hidden behind a windshield.
Most people don’t think of their glasses as a way to protect their eyes from UV rays from electronic devices, but this can be a great benefit of transition lenses. Transition lenses that block UV rays can provide an extra layer of eye protection and help prevent premature aging from the damaging effects of UV rays.
It is essential to educate patients on the benefits of transition lenses. When patients understand how the lenses work and how they can improve their eye health, they may be more likely to choose this option during an eye exam. This can also increase the value of the prescription provided at the office.
Rather than carrying around two different pairs of glasses for day and night, transition lenses make it easier by automatically adjusting to the light. The lenses darken when exposed to UV rays and are apparent when indoors. This means you’ll always have the right pair of eyeglasses.
The darker tint of the transition lens is also helpful in protecting the eyes from harmful blue light, which can cause eye strain and damage. The blue light is reflected in the interior of buildings and other structures, such as computers, tablets, and mobile phones. The tint on the transition lenses reduces this glare, making it easier to use these devices at home and work.
When the lenses darken, they block out the UV rays that can harm the eyes and skin and provide a protective barrier against other potentially damaging light sources. While hats and sunglasses can help shield the eyes from UV rays, they are less convenient than wearing a pair of transition lenses.
Transitions lenses are available in single-vision, bifocal, and multifocal styles. They can be coated with an anti-reflective coating if you upgrade your lenses. Transitions lenses are the fastest light adaptive lenses on the market, darkening quickly when outdoors and returning to transparent indoors. Ask your eye health professional about a demonstration of these innovative lenses.