What Are Photochromic Lenses?

Oct 1, 2020

lady in photochromic lenses looking to the sky

Photochromic lenses are perhaps more widely known as transition lenses. The lens quickly reacts to different light conditions where UV is present, absorbing ambient light so that the wearer is protected from the harmful ultra-violet rays present inside and out throughout the day.


Do I need photochromic lenses?

We know by now that UV light is damaging to our sensitive eyes and that protecting them from it is key to prolonged good eye health. If you find you suffer from eye strain due to light exposure, this can result in eye rubbing, which can be particularly damaging in itself, redness, and watering. While this is uncomfortable, they can have more serious ramifications in the future, and protecting your eyes can alleviate this.

If you are working with screens a lot throughout the day, you may find a transition lens could benefit you, or even for watching television. UV is prevalent in varying degrees throughout the home, work, and outside, and so having the transition ready to protect your eyes throughout the day is a great way to improve your eye health.


What do photochromic lenses look like?

Despite the technical name, they don’t look any different from a traditional lens apart from the colour on transition- the magic is inside the lens. At Lensology, we supply the world-leading Transitions Signature range of lenses. These are light, intelligent lenses that are available in grey, brown, graphite green, giving the wearer iconic style and market-leading protection. The lenses can be manufactured into any style of frame, and so are the perfect addition to your eye care collection or for updating existing frames with our reglazing service.


One pair of glasses for everything

Photochromic lenses offer great flexibility to the wearer. They can be made with a prescription and with a wide variety of different coatings to protect them from scratches, glare, and more, they can provide an all-round solution for the patient with only one pair of glasses.

Sunglasses are typically worn outside in the sun and work very well, though you must ensure that they meet Standard BS2724 to be safe and effective. The Eye Care Trust states that sunglasses that do not meet this standard are more often more damaging to eyes, as the pupil widens to the dark lens but is then exposed further to the harmful rays still coming through the lens. We can also supply the sunglasses lenses you need to ensure this does not happen.


Will photochromic lenses work in the car?

For use in cars, Transitions XTRActive lenses are the best solution. These lenses are uniquely designed to protect your eyes from bright lights and work very well in hot climates. They darken when outdoors, including behind a car windshield, and lighten in dark environments, whilst also protecting your eyes from glare, sunlight and car headlights.

Either way, your lenses will darken with what your eyes need, doubling up on the protection should any UV creep through or you’re in a convertible!


Why Lensology Transitions Signature lenses?

At Lensology, quality and customer satisfaction are paramount. Only stocking the best products, they supply the latest in transition lens technology with the Gen8 Transitions Signature range.

Go back ten years, and lenses would be available in glass or plastic. The glass option was substantially weightier than its plastic counterpart and could not be produced in shatterproof materials, making the lenses harder to care for and expensive to replace. Ten years on and the technology is such that Lensology can offer a lens with fast-fade-back time, enhanced colour perception, first-class visual protection, and optimum comfort – without having to order through the opticians.

Whether you are looking for a lens to do it all and take you from the couch to the tennis court, an additional pair to wear that transition when the sun goes down, or prescription sunglasses, all Lensology UV filtering lenses meet the BS2724 standard. Find out more about our reglazing and transition lenses here.

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