Published on August 09, 2023

Transition lenses: An option for eyewear

Do you know some friends and family members who talk about how much they love their transition lenses? Wondering if prescription transition glasses could be a good option to replace your current eyewear and sunglasses? 

Transition glasses, also known as adaptive or photochromic glasses, are not just a trend. They offer many benefits that could significantly improve your eye health and comfort.


What are transition lenses?

Transition lenses are an innovative eyewear solution that adjusts to varying light conditions. When exposed to UV light it darkens. The more intense the UV outside, the darker the lenses become. 

In low light or indoor environments with minimal UV light, transition glasses return to a clear state, acting as regular prescription glasses. New technology over the years has improved both the speed at which the lenses turn dark, the time it takes to lighten up, and the intensity of the darkness. The lenses remain virtually clear when indoors.

What are the benefits of photochromic glasses?

The benefits of transition lenses extend beyond convenience.

Transition glasses provide comfort for your eyes. The strain on your eyes from transitioning between different light environments can lead to headaches and eye fatigue. Photochromic lenses help reduce this strain thanks to their ability to adapt to light conditions. This technology can help people of all ages maintain a more comfortable vision.

Photochromic glasses also offer a layer of protection, blocking 100% of UVA and UVB rays as well as glare. Prolonged exposure to these rays can lead to serious eye problems, such as cataracts or retinal damage, and problems with the macula of your eyes that controls central vision. It is nevertheless recommended to wear sunglasses for extended time in the sun.

Transition glasses can protect your eyes against other light sources, including the blue light emitted from digital devices like computers, smartphones, and tablets. Extended exposure to blue light can lead to eye strain, sleep disturbances, and long-term vision issues. Photochromic lenses can be a great solution to avoid these eye issues.

Prescription transition glasses are a smart choice for eyeglass wearers who spend considerable time outdoors but still want the convenience of not switching between regular and prescription sunglasses. With these glasses, you can easily transition from bright, sunny environments to indoor settings without the hassle of carrying multiple pairs of glasses and sunglasses.

What are the different types of transition glasses?

Transition lenses are incredibly versatile. They can be crafted to accommodate single vision, bifocal, or progressive lens prescriptions. Photochromic glasses are even compatible with high-index lenses. They can fit nearly any frame, maximizing versatility and convenience.

One of the superior types of transition lenses changes from clear to dark on the top outer edge. With a darker outer perimeter, these lenses don’t have to be removed or flipped up to improve visibility.

Polarized transition lenses are commonly used. These lenses provide an additional UV shield, making them an excellent choice for individuals who wear contact lenses or want extra protection against the sun.

Tris Coffin’s opticiens can provide the tips and guidance you need if you are considering switching to transition glasses. Book an appointment today and start your transition to new eyewear!


Jacinthe Laurendeau Optician