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Do Transitions Lenses have UV Protection?

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Transitions are a brand name for photochromic technology used to create light-sensitive and light adaptive lenses. Transitions lenses are a type of light intelligent eyeglass lens that will darken when exposed to sunlight. Transitions lenses offer 100% UV protection, filtering out a large amount of the harmful ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun.
Let’s look at the benefits of wearing transition lenses, where to find them and how to take good care of them.

Top Pros and Cons of Transitions Lenses:

· Light adaptive transitions lenses are highly convenient, allowing you to go about your day without needing to switch between your prescription glasses and sunglasses.

· How fast do transitions lenses change? These lenses are fast-acting and darken nearly instantly when exposed to ultraviolet light. Transitions signature generation 8 is the fastest photochromic lens available which is darkest outdoors and is the clearest indoors.

· Transitions lenses can also save you money, as they save you having two pairs of glasses (Glasses and Prescription Sunglasses)

· Transitions lenses provide extra safety and comfort for those with photo-sensitive eyes.

· The lenses are useful for reducing eye strain and fatigue.

What colour are Transitions lenses?

These lenses are typically available in a choice of colour tints, including grey, brown, green, for more fashion colours click ‘Essilor’ on our site for a wider choice of emerald, sapphire, amethyst, amber.
It’s worth noting that transitions lenses might not be suited to every situation.

Do Transitions Darken When Driving?

Most importantly, these lenses won’t darken when driving. Your car windscreen will block the UV light, and the lenses won’t receive enough light exposure to darken. That means if you’re on the go, you’ll need a separate pair of sunglasses for driving. However, if you would like to buy a pair of transitions for driving please shop Transitions Xtractive. Transitions Xtractive are the best lens for added protection including while you drive. These lenses are uniquely designed to protect your eyes from the brightest lights including activating behind your car windscreen so you can drive glare-free from sunlight and headlights.

Cold temperatures can also affect the darkening of photochromic lenses.
Transitions lenses are beneficial for your eyes and more affordable than investing in 2 pairs – glasses and prescription sunglasses, but ideally, you should invest in a pair of each, especially if you need UV protection while driving.

If you’re still not sure whether you need prescription sunglasses or photochromatic lenses, read our pros and cons guide.

How to Clean Glasses with Transitions Lenses

If you have invested in a pair, here’s how to take good care of your transition lenses for long-lasting protection.

1.      Clean the lenses at least once a day.

2.      First, rinse the transition lenses with lukewarm water.

3.      Gently shake off any stray water droplets.

4.   Gently blot or dab the lenses with a special optical cloth; don’t rub or wipe them.

5.      Once the lenses are dry, apply a small drop of dishwashing soap to your fingertips. Wet your lenses again, and then gently spread the soap around to clean any oil or smudges.

6.      Rinse the lenses again and gently blot dry with an optical cloth.

Cleaning your transitional lenses like this will help to prevent micro-scratches to the lens surface or damage to the special coating. Find the best type of protective eyewear for your needs by browsing our lenses or viewing our prescription sunglasses.

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