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3 Myths About Transition Lenses For Eyeglasses

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Over 90% of people who wear transition lenses — lenses that darken in the sunlight and lighten in softer light or the dark — plan to purchase them again. If that doesn’t convince you they’re worth looking into, nothing will. As with any product, there are pros and cons, and misconceptions abound. Below we differentiate between myth and reality, to help you make the best decision when choosing transition lenses.

MYTH #1 Transition lenses don’t work in the car

TRUTH: For those who spend a lot of time in their car, XTRActive lenses are a great choice. A car’s windshield is designed to block and reduce UV rays. While not all transition lenses darken in the car due to insufficient exposure to the sun, XTRActive lenses darken moderately while driving.

MYTH #2 Young people don’t want to wear transition lenses

TRUTH: Transition lenses are not for a specific demographic or age group. They are suitable for everyone. Regardless of your age, transition lenses help:

Computer users - Computers emit enough blue light to cause eye strain and eye fatigue. It also interferes with melatonin, disrupting the sleep cycle, and increases light sensitivity. With transition lenses, your eyes are protected from harmful blue light.

Kids - Transition lenses are great for kids who cannot keep up with multiple pairs of glasses. These lenses can help protect and preserve eye health from childhood, which is important especially since children’s eyes are 3 times more susceptible to sun damage than are adults. And like adults, children who spend time on computers and digital devices can suffer from the effects of blue light, so can benefit from the protection provided by transition lenses.

Migraine sufferers - 80% of migraine sufferers are affected by light sensitivity. Regular light levels can be extremely uncomfortable for migraine sufferers and potentially trigger a headache. Using transition lenses can be beneficial for migraine sufferers, as the lenses automatically adapt to the change in light levels.

MYTH #3 They take forever to darken and forever to clear

TRUTH: The change from dark to light and vice-versa takes a matter of seconds, even taking into account light and temperature conditions. The way transition lenses work is by a chemical reaction between molecules that cause a transition lens to darken or clear.

A surprise benefit: All transition lenses are 100% UVA and UVB blocking, making them a great solution for UV protection. They help protect your eyes from harmful light indoors and especially outdoors.

So there you have it, 3 myths about transition lenses debunked. To know what or how to choose transition lenses, you should consult with your eye doctor. If you need help or more information, you can contact Washington Eye Doctors in Washington, D.C. today!

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