Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are Transitions® Brand Lenses (2)

    • WHAT ARE TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES?

      By working with multiple lab and lens manufacturing partners, Transitions® Optical’s exclusive photochromic technology becomes an integral part of the lens, creating Transitions® lenses which are equipped with patented, photochromic dyes that enable the lenses to rapidly activate, or darken, when they are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light

      The greater the intensity of UV rays, the darker the lenses become. When UV light is no longer present, the lenses fade back to clear.

      Transitions® lenses are the #1 eyecare professional-recommended photochromic lenses worldwide.

    • ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES?

      To meet the diverse needs of our consumers, we have different lens options, which include our family of everyday lenses which are lenses that can be worn indoors and outdoors all day long: Transitions® lenses and Transitions® XTRActive® lenses.

  • Purchasing Transitions® Lenses (1)

    • WHERE CAN I GO TO PURCHASE TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES?

      Transitions® lenses are widely available and are offered at nearly all optical retailers. To find a location in your area that carries Transitions® lenses, please visit Where To Buy.

  • Technology (4)

    • HOW HAS THE TECHNOLOGY CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?

      For more than 20 years, Transitions Optical has been the leader and pioneer in developing photochromic lens technology. Our earnest improvement in the technology means that Transitions® lenses are not the same as they were ten, five or even three years ago.

      Transitions® lenses are darker than ever before, fade back to clear quicker than our previous lens generations and adapt quicker in more extreme temperatures.

      We now offer more products for more needs than ever before. In addition to Transitions® adaptive lenses we have Transitions® XTRActive® lenses, which are our darkest everyday lenses ever.

    • DO I HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE PHOTOCHROMIC TECHNOLOGY SCRATCHING OR PEELING OFF MY TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES?

      No, you do not need to worry. The technology behind our patented photochromic process ensures that the photochromic dyes are part of the lens and cannot be scratched off or peeled off, and designed to last for the life of your prescription. If you experience a problem with your lenses, we suggest you contact your eyecare professional or place of purchase.

    • WHAT AFFECTS THE PERFORMANCE OF TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES?

      Transitions® lenses work by reacting to UV light. The amount of UV light present will determine the shade of your lenses. By optimizing the amount of light your eyes receive, Transitions® brand lenses bring out the best in everything you see.

      Extreme situations can sometimes cause your lenses to behave slightly differently. For instance, temperature can have an effect on the reaction time of photochromic technology. To learn more about it, visit our technology page.

      Transitions Optical’s scientists continuously strive to improve our technology and create formulations that find the perfect balance between UV light and the temperature of the lenses. In fact, the latest Transitions® lenses become ten percent darker in hot temperatures than the previous generation. They provide even more visual comfort, glare reduction and enhanced contrast than any Transitions® lens previously available.

      In addition, the lens characteristics, such as lens brand, material and design, from our different lens manufacturing partners, can also play a part in influencing the performance of Transitions® lenses.

    • WHAT IS LIFE360?

      Life360 is Transitions Optical’s new proprietary methodology for designing, developing and analyzing photochromic performance to find a truer, more optimal understanding of product performance and benefits. This revolutionary model utilizes three techniques: lab testing, wearer testing and real world measurements.

      When developing the technology for Transitions® Signature Adaptive Lenses, Transitions Optical utilized the new Life360™ process for testing photochromic lenses using real conditions, real locations, and real situations for real wearers.

         • Traditional lab testing provided baseline measurements and temperature variation testing.

         • Live wearer testing was conducted as part of the process for providing key insights into wearer satisfaction and preference after wearing the lenses.

         • Real world measurements took into account numerous wearer positions, geographic locations, weather conditions and temperatures in over 200 real world conditions and over 1,000 wearer scenarios.

  • Transitions® Everyday Lenses Performance (7)

    • ARE TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES AS CLEAR AS AN ORDINARY CLEAR LENS INDOORS?

      Transitions® adaptive lenses are completely clear indoors. Transitions® XTRActive® lenses have a slight comfortable tint indoors.

    • HOW DARK DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES GET?

      Transitions® everyday lenses get as dark as ordinary sunglasses. If you prefer the darkest lenses available we recommend Transitions® XTRActive®, our darkest everyday lenses ever.

      Photochromic lenses react to their environment so the level of darkness is affected by extreme temperatures, UV exposure and lens materials.

    • HOW QUICKLY DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES DARKEN OUTSIDE?

      Transitions® lenses darken immediately upon exposure to UV light. The level of darkness will depend on the amount of UV light present, time of day and direction of the sun.

    • HOW QUICKLY DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES RETURN TO CLEAR?

      Transitions® lenses begin to fade back to clear as soon as UV rays are no longer present.

    • DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES WORK BEHIND THE WINDSHIELD OF THE CAR?

      Most photochromic lenses react primarily to UV light. That’s why they change when you’re in the sun and remain clear indoors. The glass in car windshields blocks more than 99% of UV light, so most photochromic lenses do not darken noticeably in the car.

      We offer an everyday lens solution. Transitions® XTRActive® lenses contain a specially designed photochromic formula that responds to both UV light and short wavelength visible light, so they are able to moderately adapt in the car.

    • HOW LONG DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES LAST?

      Transitions® lenses are designed to last the lifetime* of a prescription.

      In order to keep your prescription lenses current, regular, comprehensive eye exams are recommended to determine any prescription changes and help prevent any other eye problems. Talk to your eyecare professional or eye doctor to find out how often you should schedule a visit to preserve your eye health.

      * The lens characteristics, such as lens brand, material and design, from different lens manufacturing partners, can also play a part in influencing the lifetime of Transitions® lenses

    • DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES ACTIVATE INDOORS?

      All Transitions® lenses darken when exposed to UV light. As UV from sunlight is typically not present indoors, the lenses will be clear. The exception is Transitions® XTRActive® lenses, which react to both UV and visible light. This allows them to get extra dark outside and also when you’re sitting in bright sunlight behind a window.

  • Transitions® Brand Lenses vs. Static Lenses (2)

    • WHY SHOULD I WEAR TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES INSTEAD OF ORDINARY CLEAR LENSES?

      Unlike clear lenses, which remain clear in all situations, Transitions® lenses automatically adapt to changing light, providing your eyes with exactly the amount of shade they need for any situation, so you see things in the best light. They also help protect your eyes from UV rays, and reduce squinting and eye fatigue.

    • HOW DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES DIFFER FROM PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES?

      Unlike sunglasses, Transitions® lenses start as clear lenses and then automatically darken when exposed to UV light. They continuously and smoothly adapt their level of tint for enhanced visual comfort in changing lighting conditions, then return to clear in situations where no UV light is present such as indoors and at night. Whereas sunglasses have a set tint - no matter what situation you’re in they’re always the same shade and they’re rarely a good option indoors.

      Transitions® lenses are an ideal everyday lens for most everyday situations, designed to be worn all day every day, providing a comfortable level of shade in bright sun. Sunglasses or polarized sunglasses are specialty eyewear for specific situations, like driving and when out on the water.

  • Are Transitions® Lenses Right For Me? (7)

    • HOW DO I KNOW IF TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES ARE RIGHT FOR ME?

      If you’re looking for more than an ordinary lens can offer, Transitions® lenses are right for you.

      Anyone who wears glasses or sunglasses (prescription or not) can wear Transitions® lenses - we have options for every lifestyle and every age, from kids to adults and elderly.

      Transitions® lenses are also designed to fit virtually every frame, style, size and prescription

      Our Transitions® everyday lenses are designed to be worn all day everyday.

    • WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES?

      Transitions® lenses don’t just correct vision, they enhance the way you see the world, making everything look great.

      By continuously adapting to changing light, Transitions® lenses optimise the amount of light your eyes receive – reducing glare, eye strain and fatigue, for a more comfortable sight. And block 100% UVA / UVB light.

    • WHAT LENS TYPES ARE TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES AVAILABLE IN?

      Transitions Optical develops the patented photochromic coating technology, not the lenses themselves. We work with multiple lab and lens manufacturing partners to offer the widest availability of photochromic lenses on the market today.

      Today’s advanced Transitions® lenses are available across all major lens materials*and designs^.

      Ask your eyecare professional for more information.

      * Lens materials – includes polycarbonate and high index materials which make lenses thinner and lighter

      * Designs – consists of single vision and multifocal lens. Single vision lens involves only one prescription correction for the eye such as myopia and presbyopia. Multifocal lens involves correcting more than one vision problem at the same time. The types of multi-focal lenses include bi-focal, tri-focal and progressives.

    • DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES WORK IN ALL EYEGLASS FRAMES?

      Yes, Transitions® lenses work in virtually any frame and material- plastic, metal, rimless, semi-rimless or full frames.

    • ARE TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES COMPATIBLE WITH ANTI-REFLECTIVE, ANTI-SCRATCH AND ANTI-FOG COATINGS?

      Yes. Transitions® lenses are compatible with anti-reflective, anti-scratch and anti-fog coatings. In fact, Transitions® lenses perform even better in reducing distracting, discomforting and disabling glare, both indoors and out, with anti-reflective coatings. Check with your eyecare professional or eye doctor to see which eyewear and lens options are right for you.

    • ARE TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?

      Yes, Transitions® lenses are a great option for children. Did you know that the average child receives three times the UV exposure as an adult? As children spend more time outdoors and their eyes are not fully developed, their eyes are more vulnerable to damage from UV rays. A lens that blocks 100% of UV rays is important to preserving their eye health now and in future years.

      Additionally,Transitions® lenses are available in polycarbonate material, which is shatterproof and frequently recommended by eyecare professionals for children’s lenses. For more information on your child’s eye health and on family eye care, visit http://www.eyedidntknowthat.info/.

    • ARE NON-PRESCRIPTION TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES AVAILABLE?

      Yes, Transitions® adaptive lenses and Transitions® XTRActive® lenses can be made without a prescription (this is called a “plano” lens) to fit in nearly any eyeglass frame.

      Ask your eyecare professional for more details.

  • Price Inquiries (1)

    • HOW MUCH DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES COST?

      Transitions Optical develops the patented photochromic coating technology, not the lenses themselves. We work with multiple lab and lens manufacturing partners to offer the widest availability of photochromic lenses on the market today.

      The price of Transitions® lenses will vary because there are many factors that affect the price of the eyeglass lenses you purchase. The price is set by the retail store where you make your purchase.

      The final price takes into consideration the lens brand, lens material, lens type (single-vision, bifocal, or progressive), your prescription and any coatings you opt to add, as well as any special promotions that are offered.

  • Post Purchase (1)

    • HOW DO I CARE FOR MY TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES?

      Transitions® lenses can be cleaned like most lenses – with a lens cleaner, mild soap or a microfiber lens cleaning cloth. Do not use window cleaner to clean your prescription eyeglasses, as it contains chemicals that could break down the coatings on your lenses. You should also be careful not to wipe your lenses with a surface that could potentially scratch your lenses, for instance, a facial tissue or paper towel.

  • Eye Health (3)

    • DO TRANSITIONS® BRAND LENSES BLOCK UV RAYS?

      Yes, all Transitions® lenses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.

    • WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROTECT MY EYES FROM UV LIGHT?

      To better understand the effects of UV radiation on the eyes, it is helpful to know a little more about UV light. Visible light represents just a small portion of the light spectrum. On either side of the visible light spectrum are long-wavelength radiations (infrared) and short-wavelength radiations (UV). While infrared rays are relatively harmless, UV rays can pose serious risks to a person’s overall health and eye health.

      Sunlight consists of two types of harmful rays: UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin – leading to signs of premature aging such as wrinkling or age spots. UVB rays are the sun’s burning rays and are the primary cause of sunburn.

      Excessive UV exposure is dangerous for eyes as well as your skin. It can lead to a number of serious, sight-stealing diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration down the road – making ongoing protection from UV rays a must.

    • WHAT IS GLARE?

      Glare can be described as “extreme brightness” from the presence of excessive visible light. Glare can be distracting and even dangerous and can occur day or night in a number of ways. It can cause you to squint, resulting in eye strain and eye fatigue. In extreme cases, glare can even result in temporary blindness.

      There are four types of glare to be aware of:

      Distracting glare
      Distracting glare can be caused by car headlights or streetlights at night. It can also be as simple as light being reflected off the front of your lenses making it difficult for others to see your eyes. Similarly, it may be from light reflected off the back – or inside – of your lenses so that you see the distracting reflection of your own eyes of objects behind you in your forward field of vision. As a result, this kind of glare may cause eye fatigue, annoyance and distraction.

      Discomforting glare
      Glare can be caused by everyday, normal sunlight conditions. Depending upon one’s light sensitivity, this glare can be discomforting regardless of weather or time of day. It can be present in any level or intensity of light, or when moving from one lighting condition to another. Discomforting glare often causes squinting and eye fatigue.

      Disabling glare
      This type of glare comes from excessive, intense light that can occur when you face directly into the sun. Disabling glare can block vision because the intense light can cause significantly reduced contrast of the retinal image. The latent effects can last well beyond the time of exposure.

      Blinding or reflected glare
      This comes from light reflected off smooth, shiny surfaces such as water, sand or snow. It can be strong enough to block vision. Reflected light is polarized and requires polarized lenses to reduce it optimally.

      Transitions® lenses with anti-reflective coating can block distracting, discomforting and disabling glare.

  • Blue Light (4)

    • WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT?

      Our eyes are sensitive to visible light, which is actually a very small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Blue light is one section within the visible light spectrum, actually covering blue and violet.

      The visible light spectrum includes every color of the rainbow, and each color spans a different range of wavelengths within that spectrum. Red has the longest wavelength and violet has the shortest wavelength. When all the waves are seen together, they make white light.

    • WHAT ARE THE SOURCES OF BLUE LIGHT?

      The main sources of blue light are:
      The sun (the most intense source of blue light)
      LED lights and compact fluorescent lamps
      Digital devices such as smartphones, tablets and some TVs
      Metal halide lights, found mostly indoors in large commercial structures

    • IS BLUE LIGHT GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?

      Because blue violet light is high-energy and close in frequency to Ultra Violet (UV) light, which is known to be harmful, the consensus among the scientific community is that blue-violet light could potentially have negative effects one one’s health. For example, potential negative effects of blue light include age-related macular degeneration, poor sleep quality and an increase of certain cancer risks.

      However, some scientific literature and research also indicate that wavelengths in the “true” blue band (a different frequency than violet light) may have positive health benefits. For example, potential positive effects of blue light include improvement of visual acuity and depth of field and a lessening of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression associated with cooler seasons, which is thought to be caused by to lack of exposure to light.

      Essentially, while blue light is important and a necessary part of the way we see, too much of it (especially the type closest to UV) could be bad for your health, so it’s important to protect your eyes.

    • DO TRANSITIONS® LENSES REDUCE BLUE LIGHT TRANSMISSION?

      Yes, Transitions lenses reduce the blue light that reaches your eyes both indoors and out.

      Because Transitions lenses reduce transmission of all visible light outdoors, they also reduce blue light transmission. As the lenses react to UV light and darken outdoors, the amount of blue light transmission decreases (remember that the sun is by far the most intense source of blue light).

      Indoors, the hint of tint in Transitions® XTRActive® lenses helps to reduce blue light transmission, especially the type of blue light close to UV on the spectrum.