Photochromic (Transitions) lenses

What are photochromic lenses?

Photochromic (colour changing) lenses offer the convenience of having both clear and sunglass lenses all in one frame. They start off clear indoors, but once outside the ambient UV light triggers a reaction in the lenses causing them to darken.

This is great if you’re in an out a lot and need a protective boost, such as when going for a walk, running errands, or just taking the family pooch out for a poop!

Essilor puts it well: They’re “right in any light“.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Photochromic lenses will not darken in cars (because windshields naturally block out UV light).
    • Even the “extra sensitive” versions that DO change in cars won’t FULLY darken.
  2. Photochromic lenses take a certain amount of time to fully darken and return to their fully clear state (ie. a minute or two)
  3. There are people who can’t believe they ever lived without transition lenses, but there are also people who absolutely hate them! 😛

This tells us that despite their incredible convenience, they aren’t necessarily for everyone! With that said, if you have never tried a transition lens before, we invite you to try them out and see they are a good fit for you. The beauty of our service is that it is backed by a satisfaction guarantee, so there’s NEVER a risk to trying something new 🙂

If you’d like to learn more or just see some samples, just let us know.

Available colours:

  • Grey
  • Brown
  • Grey-green
  • Amethyst (purple)
  • Sapphire (blue)
  • Emerald (green)
  • Amber (golden)