Are transition lenses right for you?

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Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses are an important winter accessory. Designer shades not only make you look stylish but they also offer year-round protection that keeps you chic and healthy through the seasons. You always have the option of getting prescription sunglasses, but for those who prefer one pair of designer eyeglasses for all occasions, transition lenses may be for you.

Also known as photochromic lenses, transition lenses change color when exposed to the sun. They are regular eyeglass lenses, but with a polymer film that darkens in the sun to give you a protective tint. This does not happen in just any light, so you don’t have to worry about your lenses becoming tinted indoors. The transition only takes place when the film comes into contact with the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

For the full transition to take effect, wearers should expect their lenses to reach full protective potential within 15 minutes. The tint automatically occurs when you step outside, and automatically reverts to clear once you go back indoors.

Transition eyeglass lenses are great for those who don’t spend a whole lot of time outside, offering protection for the times when you’re traveling or just heading outdoors for a little while. You essentially get a two-for-one pair of glasses, saving you money on having to buy multiple frames. If you work outside or enjoy outdoor activities, a pair of polarized sunglasses would be a better and more protective option for you.

Remember, transition lenses can be fitted into just about any frame, so don’t hesitate to ask your local optician if this option is right for you!


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