Not Your Father’s Transitions
Photochromic lenses- aka, Transitions lenses (the brand that made the technology wildly popular starting in the 90s) have changed an awful lot in the last 25 years. The technology that once had many drawbacks (Took minutes to regain clarity, couldn’t be polarized, did not change in the car) has made great strides, and is now an ultra convenient upgrade for anyone who doesn’t enjoy swapping back and forth between clear and prescription sunglasses multiple times each day. If effortless protection for your eyes and the sensitive skin surrounding them from ultraviolet radiation sounds like a good idea to you, then read on!
They change back in 30 seconds
They used to take FOREVER to become clear again, but now- the amount of time they take to change back is evenly matched with the time it takes your photo-receptors to recover from being blasted by sunlight. So even though it’s not instantaneous- your eyes will thank you, being much more comfortable walking from the blinding parking lot into a pitch black theater.
They now change behind the windshield
The #1 complaint of many people who purchased photochromic lenses hoping to be comfortable while driving were disappointed by old transitions lenses which didn’t get the job done. Now, thanks to an upgraded version, the chemical reaction within the lens that causes it to darken is far more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation, and will darken behind your windshield. These special driving transitions will maintain a very slight tint indoors, not visible on the wearer, but visible if you were to hold the lens in front of a piece of white paper.
They can be polarized
Many people who wear sunglasses for vision enhancement sing the praises of polarized lenses- as opposed to a tint, which doesn’t help your visual acuity but simply blocks a percentage of light, polarized lenses are actually thousands of minuscule, solid colored, horizontal lines running throughout your lenses that completely eliminate glare as well as enhance what you see. Colors are bright and more vivid, lines are crisp and sharp. Blinding glare off of water or your windshield disappears completely.
Now a polarized version exists, with the same features as a normal photochromic lens but with all the visual benefits polarization has to offer. This also maintains a very slight tint indoors, which wearers agree is well worth the way that they see each day.
A New Color
It’s been only brown or gray for a long time- but now there is a third option! This vintage, retro graphite green straight out of a bygone era looks chic with many of today’s glasses styles.
Think about it for your kids
There are literally a hundred reasons your kids are more at risk then you are for UV damage to their eyes- they play outside more, they spend more time looking up thanks to being vertically challenged, the lenses of their eyes transmit about 70% more Ultraviolet Light light then ours, they are closer to the sand, the sidewalk, and a number of other surfaces that reflect harmful light at them- transitions in their glasses may be the ONLY way to help combat these risks, what child is going to diligently swap between pairs of glasses, and manage to not lose on or both pairs?
With all of this in mind, maybe next time you see the Eye Doctor you and your family will give photochromic lenses a chance!