Do you get tired of switching out your glasses for sunglasses every time you go outside? If you wear glasses, it can also be a nuisance to try to stick sunglasses over them. The solution? Transitions Lenses! These are photochromic lenses that stay clear until ultraviolet (UV) radiation is present. They turn dark when you need them to and go back clear when you are inside. Find out how transitions work, the type of Transitions Lenses available to you, and how these glasses benefit our patients!
Many people who wear glasses know what a nuisance it can be if they need to see clearly, but the sun is also shining too bright to see well. Do you sacrifice your vision to get some relief from the sun or do you simply stick with your glasses and deal with squinting? If you’re outside or on vacation all day, you don’t want to squint for hours. That will simply lead to a headache. Plus, wearing contacts may not be comfortable for you or you may not even have contact lenses.
Instead of sacrificing your vision for sun protection, you can both see clearly and have UV protection with Transitions Lenses. These are a special type of glasses that were created in the 1960s. When inside, you enjoy your vision with glasses as you normally would. Traveling outdoors will cause the lenses to change into sunglasses for you, while keeping your normal prescription the same. Transitions Lenses are literally able to “transition” with you as you go inside and outside: no hassle and no using multiple pairs of glasses.
Transitions Lenses were created in the 1960s and are not exactly glasses and also not exactly sunglasses. There is a reason that regular sunglasses don’t change color and Transitions Lenses do. Regular prescription glasses are made of clear lenses in the prescription your eyes need to see clearly. Sunglasses (prescription and store-bought) are tinted with material that blocks out harmful UV rays. Transitions lenses are a combination of the two. These are photochromic lenses that are clear until dangerous ultraviolet radiation (UV) is present.
Once outdoors, the brighter the sun, the darker Transitions Lenses become. They automatically react to the intensity of UV radiation, which determines how dark the lenses become. They even adjust when you are driving or in the shade. These lenses are actually quite cool, because they will change color anytime you are exposed to UV radiation. For patients with a pair, they will realize just how much the shade and clouds still expose them to UV radiation. Transitions Lenses all block 100% of harmful UV rays from the sun that can cause problems such as macular degeneration and blindness. Plus, you don’t have to have 2 pairs of glasses everywhere you go! You have the prescription eyeglasses you need to see, plus their ability to change into sunglasses at a moment’s notice.
Just like there are many different types of glasses and sunglasses, there are also many options for Transitions Lenses. It wouldn’t make sense for “Transitions Lenses” to only be able to transition in one way. That is why there are various options depending on your needs and your daily life:
With all of these options, you get benefits such as:
Transitions Lenses won’t be right for every patient. You have to consider your day-to-day activities and if these type of lenses are right for you. Many patients don’t like having to carry around regular glasses and sunglasses. It’s also a hassle to have to put on sunglasses over your regular glasses. Not only does it look awkward, but it doesn’t feel comfortable. Transitions Lenses are loved by many patients because they don’t take any effort. The lenses change with you as you move throughout your day and they stay comfortable. If you think Transitions Lenses are right for you, come into our office and give them a try! Call Peepers Optical today at (303) 333-2800 for your consultation.