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How Can Light Adaptive Lenses Protect Your Eyes?

If you are due a new pair of glasses, will you get one pair or two? Many people buy regular glasses or a pair of sunglasses, which is great if you are happy to carry around an extra pair of glasses or want the excuse to wear a fashionable pair of designer shades. But for some people, photochromic lenses that adapt to the light and darken as needed are a much better solution. If you’re not sure about light adaptive lenses, we’ve come up with some common questions we get asked and our answers for you!

What Are Light Adaptive Lenses?


Simply put, these clever lenses adapt to the amount of light wherever you are. Indoors, they remain clear, but outside in bright UV sunlight, they quickly transition and darken. At full darkness, they are just like designer sunglasses and will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

How Do Light Adaptive Lenses Work?

Originally invented in the 1960s, photochromic lenses have been evolving ever since. Exposure to UV light causes trillions of molecules in the lens to alter their structure, causing the lens colour to change according to the level of brightness. It sounds simple, but over 20 years of research and innovation have gone into making the latest generation of lenses. We hope this has answered the commonly asked question – ‘how do light adaptive lenses work’!

Advantages of Photochromic Lenses


The benefits of having adaptive lenses are easy to see. First and foremost, your eyes are protected from harmful UV light. Now, how often do you find yourself squinting in the sun because you don’t have sunglasses with you? Although it’s still important to have sunglasses too for UV protection, if you are constantly going from an indoor environment to outdoors every day, light adaptive lenses can take the hassle out of constantly changing from your regular prescription glasses to wearing your sunglasses every time.

You may also be surprised at the times they will transition, protecting your eyes at times when you might not think the sun is bright enough to need it. If there is some UV light but not full sun, the lenses will transition partway – just enough to protect your eyes but not so much it’s too dark for you to see clearly.

Introducing Transitions® Light Intelligent Lenses™

In the past, people have complained about the time it takes for photochromic lenses to darken and clear again. Stepping from a brightly lit outside space into a dim room would require you to pause for a moment and wait for your lenses to adjust. But with Transitions® Signature® GEN 8™ lenses, advanced technology means that the lenses are clearer indoors, darker outdoors and transition faster. With Transitions® Light Intelligent Lenses™, not only are your eyes protected from 100% of UV light, but they are also protected from harmful blue light. They’re also available in 3 colours – grey, brown and graphite green. So you can be sure that whatever your choice of frames, your lenses enhance them beautifully.

Consider Transitions® for the Future


Transitions® are definitely worth trying out for yourself, so once we’re open again, why not book a free consultation with one of our dispensing opticians in Farnham, Virginia Water, Pimlico and Dorking?