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Top 3 Ways Transitions Lenses Could Help Your Eye Health

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Transitions lenses have long been known for their incredible technology, automatically adapting to the changing light conditions as you go about your day. Changing from clear to tinted, and back again, depending on how bright it is outside can make a huge difference to your vision comfort and eye health. If you’ve never worn Transitions lenses before, you haven’t experienced just how they can protect your eye health. Here we take a look at just 3 ways Transitions can aid better eye health for the future.

What are Transitions lenses?

Transitions lenses can change from clear to tinted when exposed to light, and return to clear once you’re inside or in the shade. They do this automatically, thanks to breakthrough technology that causes the photochromic molecules in the lens to change structure, darkening the lens.

The molecules constantly recalibrate so your eyes are only ever exposed to a healthy amount of light, whether you’re outside in the sunshine, under clouds or sat indoors. Most Transitions lenses react primarily to UV light, but Transitions XTRActive will also respond to natural light. This is because most car windshields block UV light.

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Transitions lenses are also affected by temperature, so if you’re sat in the shade on a sunny day, your lenses can still react quickly to provide the most suitable level of protection.

So, what impact can these lenses have on your eye health?

Protection from UV light

Protecting your eyes from UV light is crucial to prevent the risk of premature ageing and reduce your chance of developing an eye condition. UVA rays in particular can pass through your cornea and into the retina. Too much exposure to this can lead to some health problems.

Overexposure to UV light can increase your chances of developing cataracts and photokeratitis. Transitions lenses can help to protect your eyes from UV light, not just through the summer but year-round. The photochromic technology in Transitions lenses can block 100% of UVA and UVB light, with a fast response so only optimal light reaches your eyes at all times.

Relief from light sensitivity

Photophobia is a common phrase to refer to sensitivity to light. If you suffer from this, you likely have sensitivity to very bright light or even low light. You might experience headaches, general discomfort, eye pain, blurred vision or the need to squint.

Light sensitivity can be caused by a number of conditions, like migraine headaches, uveitis, glaucoma or conjunctivitis. It’s usually picked up during a routine eye examination, where your optometrist can check for underlying causes.

Light sensitivity can be treated by protecting your eyes from light. Transitions lenses can help as they will adjust accordingly, so your eyes aren’t exposed to too much light. Blocking UV light and opting for tinted lenses are both helpful factors if you suffer from photophobia. Transitions can offer both of these benefits.

Reduce glare

Glare can be incredibly uncomfortable and even blinding. It’s often caused by light bouncing off surfaces like roads, vehicles or ice and snow. In some cases, glare can be worse in winter with the sun sitting lower in the sky.

As Transitions lenses can darken when exposed to light, this can reduce the impact of glare on your vision. This allows you to experience optimal visual comfort, no matter the weather.

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