If you wear prescription glasses, then you are well aware of the hassle involved in switching between your regular glasses indoors and sunglasses outside. This is a recipe for losing your glasses or leaving them behind, which can leave you in a pickle when you need them the most!
Thankfully, there is an alternative called photochromic lenses. Over the years, transition lens technology has improved significantly and now comes in a wide range of colours and styles, with various features and functional benefits. There are various brands that manufacture photochromic lenses. One of the most popular ones is called Transitions.
These convenient lenses automatically adjust their opacity depending on whether you are outside or inside. In bright sunlight, the lenses will darken, and when you are inside with regular lighting, the lenses will return to a more even tint so that you can see clearly.
To have an optometrist assess your eyesight and help you choose the best pair of transition lenses for you, book an appointment today.
How can you tell if photochromic transition lenses are right for you? Let us review the pros and cons.
Benefits of Transition Lenses
Transition lenses can save you money in the long run since you will not need to buy two pairs of prescription glasses. Many glasses-wearers need to purchase prescription sunglasses in addition to their regular glasses and then switch between them as needed. By owning a pair of transition lenses, you can save money by only needing to buy one pair instead of two.
Because you only have one pair, your transition lenses are much less likely to get lost since you will seldom, if ever, take them off, except when you go to bed.
Another benefit of transition lenses is that they provide continuous UV protection, which is excellent for your eyes, as many glasses wearers will forget to bring their sunglasses along or will simply not wear sunglasses due to the inconvenience of having to carry them around and switch them out all the time. This means that your eyes will be better protected and therefore remain in a healthier condition for longer.
Of course, the biggest benefit of transition lenses is that they can be used in any circumstance, which makes them by far the most convenient choice.
Don’t hesitate to get your eyesight fixed! Book an appointment and let us help you choose the best pair of transition lenses for you.
Drawbacks of Transition Lenses
Depending on the brand, photochromic/ transition lenses can vary in their adaptability, with some darkening and lightening to lesser degrees than others. A cheap brand will be less adaptive and less effective. Therefore, it makes sense to go for a more reputable brand, even if it costs a bit more, so that you can get the best experience out of it.
Another drawback of photochromic/ transition lenses is that some kinds might take longer to adjust to different levels of light than others. This might be inconvenient for you, depending on your needs. Thoroughly assess the options with your optometrist before purchasing a pair.
Moreover, when the weather is very cold, photochromic/ transition lenses tend to be less flexible in how they adapt to light. If you live in a very cold area, you might want to test the product out before making a commitment.
One of the biggest drawbacks of photochromic/ transition lenses is that some of the cheaper versions are not as effective inside cars. This is because most cars already have a UV protection film on their windscreens and windows, which can prevent basic photochromic lenses from being able to adjust.
However, modern transition lenses have been designed to counteract this problem. For example, the Transitions Xtractive lenses are advertised as being capable of activating behind a car’s windscreen.