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Pros and Cons of Photochromic (Transition) Lenses

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People who wear glasses, know that it can be bothersome to switch between glasses and sunglasses.  A great option for theses patients is photochromic/transitional lenses.  The lenses adjust to changes in light to optimize eyesight.  When you are exposed to ultraviolet light, the lenses darken and once you are indoors, they clear up again.  The darkening effect comes into effect for short wave lengths in sunlight only, so you don’t have to worry about them changing in any type of indoor lighting.

Pros of Photochromic/Transitions Lenses

  • Since the lenses automatically adapt to light conditions, they reduce squinting in the sun and eye strain indoors.
  • Changing lenses reduce glare by managing the amount of natural light you are exposed to
  • Vision is crisper and colors appear more vivid in sunlight Transition lenses darken and lighten within 30 seconds making the change easy as you go indoors and outdoor
  • Money saver. You don’t need to buy separate prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Good for children. Since eye damage results from your lifetime exposure to UV rays, protecting children early on will prevent long term issues

Cons of Photochromic/Transitions Lenses

We could only think of one:

  • Some versions don’t work in a car because the windshield blocks the UV rays that trigger the change

To learn more about transitional lenses, contact Compton Eye Associates.