Photochromic lenses are prescription lenses that offer the user the benefits of a pair of prescription glasses that are a two in one for inside and outside use. Photochromic lenses automatically transition from practically clear lenses with only a very slight grey tint visible under low light to a grey tinted prescription lens when exposed to sunlight. The level of tint will depend on the intensity of the sun. While we carry many different lens options for your prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses, photochromic are just one of the awesome features you can add to your made to order glasses. Transitions XTRActive is the brand or type of photochromic lenses we carry and we feel they are the best of the best as far as sensitivity, darkness, and durability.
Are Photochromic Lenses Worth It?
Photochromic lenses are the perfect prescription lenses for people who are active both indoors and outdoors. They are the ideal lenses to put on early in the morning, and you won’t have to worry about grabbing a second pair of glasses for the office or a pair of sunglasses for your commute.
Cyclists and bikers love photochromic lenses as they often start their long bike rides very early in the morning (low light) and then finish up under the full sun. Any activity where you don’t have the space to bring along a lot of equipment would be a great consideration for photochromic lenses.
Difference Between Photochromic Lenses and Polarized Lenses?
Photochromic lenses change tinting darkness in response to changes in sunlight or UV radiation changes. Polarized lenses reduce glare reflecting off shiny surfaces such as snow and water. Polarized glasses, for example, allow you to see marine life/fish under the water that's often hidden behind sun glare on the water (great for fishing). Essentially, polarized lenses are ideal for outdoor use under bright sunlight conditions where you want to have a crisper view of what is beyond the sun’s glare.
Can you get a prescription for photochromic lenses?
Photochromic lenses are available either as made to prescription or non-prescription. The example above for biking is a great one for non-prescription photochromic lenses. If you want the eye protection and the transitioning tint but don’t need vision correction, these are a perfect choice.