Photochromic Lenses: Adapting To You And Your Life.

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Photochromic lenses, such as Transitions® adaptive™ lenses, automatically adjust from clear to dark and every shade in between, helping wearers to see more of life - beautifully. Available in a wide range of lens products, photochromic lenses are engineered to adapt to you and your needs. Whatever your prescription – standard single-vision lenses, bifocals, trifocals, progressive lenses, shatter-resistant lenses, scratch-resistant lenses, even polarized lenses – they are now all available as photochromic lenses.

How Do They Work?

Invisible UV radiation is present in sunlight. The brighter the sun – in other words, the more UV radiation increases – the more photochromic lenses adapt by darkening. Indoors, Transitions lenses filter harmful blue light from artificial sources such as digital devices and LED lights. Outdoors, they reduce exposure to the sun's harsh glare, harmful blue light and UV rays.

Remove the exposure to UV rays, and photochromic lenses return to their clear state. Since photochromic lenses are clear indoors and get darker outdoors automatically they are among the most popular all-purpose lenses recommended by eyecare professionals.

Photochromic lenses can be enhanced even further with popular additional treatments like anti-reflective (AR) coatings for cutting glare as well as scratch-resistance, making photochromics among the most versatile eyeglass lenses technologies available on the market today. Transitions lenses provide a range of adaptive lens products.

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Above all, don't confuse photochromic lenses with sunglasses! Unlike sunglasses, photochromic lenses are clear lenses that do more, automatically darkening when exposed to UV light. They are a great everyday solution for indoors and outdoors. However, many people are also interested in a second pair of sun lenses for enhanced visual performance outdoors or when driving and behind the windshield of a car. For these wearers, Transitions® Performance sunwear offer an excellent alternative to conventional sunwear. Transitions Performance sunwear go from dark to even darker in UV light – adapting to optimize colour and darkness in changing light conditions.

The Future Is Now.

Though photochromic lens technology has been around for over 40 years, new advances such as variable polarization and performance sunwear designed for specific activities mean the technology is more useful, relevant and exciting than ever before. Check out our interactive guide to see if photochromic lenses are a good fit for you and your lifestyle.

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