Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Are Transition Lenses Right For Me?

Many people are interested in Transition Lenses. For those who don’t know, Transition Lenses are the lenses that change from light to dark when you go from inside to outdoors. Many people enjoy the option of owning a pair of prescription eyeglasses filled with Transition Lenses. However, there are many considerations to be made in choosing this type of lens.

Transition Lenses do not get very dark. Technologies have improved over the years, but still to this day, Transition Lenses will not take the place of prescription sunglasses. This fact is very evident on partly cloudy days, where it is still very bright but with an overcast.

Another consideration is the fact that Transition Lenses always have a slight tint to them, even when you’re inside. So, if you’re in a situation where you don’t want to appear to be wearing shaded lenses, such as being on TV or getting your picture taken, Transition Lenses might not be the best option.

Cost is a significant consideration as well. Transition Lenses are very expensive. In many cases you can walk out of the eyeglass shop with a pair of clear prescription eyeglasses and a pair of prescription sunglasses for the same price as one pair of prescription eyeglasses filled with Transition Lenses.

The great part about Transition Lenses is the fact that you can in essence eliminate the need for having two pairs of eyeglasses. For me, I wear two pairs of eyeglasses. I own a pair of clear prescription eyewear and a specially made pair of prescription sunglasses. I have to admit, when I go for a drive, it is kind of a pain in the butt having to remove my clear pair, put them in the case and then dig out my prescription sunglasses and put them on.

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