Pros and Cons of Having Transitional Lenses

If you wear glasses, you are familiar with the issues presented by the sun. Either you carry an extra set of glasses — sunglasses — with you for sunny days, or you deal with it in other ways. Photo-chromic, or transition, lenses have been around for decades and can be a way to deal with the sun. 

But there are advantages and disadvantages to transitional lenses you should know before you commit to them. 

One major advantage of transitional frames is their convenience. You can wear them in most situations indoors and outdoors. They offer you constant protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays and you will never need to worry about forgetting your sunglasses. 

You are less likely to lose them because you only have one pair to keep track of, compared to two.

Plus, they are available in all styles, colors, and options you need in a pair of glasses. Finally, transitional lenses can save you money since everyone cannot afford a pair of prescription eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses. 

But there are drawbacks. First, not all brands darken and lighten at the same time, or when you need them to. Some take longer to change than others. Plus, in colder weather transitional lenses can take even longer to lighten or darken. 

Lastly, transitional lenses don’t always work well inside of vehicles.

Automotive glass has some UV protection in it already, which can prevent your transitional lenses from darkening. Contact your family eye care professional for advice for photochromic lenses and whether or not they fit your lifestyle.