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What Are Transition Lenses?

Transition glasses

For eyewear fans who enjoy spending time outdoors, it’s essential to have a great pair of prescription sunglasses. With transition lenses, you have a great pair of glasses and sunglasses all in the same lens!

Transition lenses are the common name for photochromic lenses. They change from normal glasses to sunglasses when exposed to UV light, then change back when returning indoors. This is thanks to the photochromic molecules manufactured into the lenses.

At Yesglasses, we refer to these types of lenses as light-adaptive lenses. They get the name transition lenses from the popular brand, Transitions® Lenses, which are considered among the best photochromic lenses and offered by us, too!

We offer hundreds of frames to fit glasses, sunglasses and transition lenses. You can find the perfect style for light-adaptive lenses within our huge collection.

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The Benefits of Transition Lenses

Why choose transition lenses over traditional sunglasses? The advantages are clear.

  1. There is no need to buy separate pairs of glasses and sunglasses.
  2. You don’t need to switch glasses or remember to bring two pairs with you, limiting the risk of losing your glasses.
  3. There are just as many styles to choose from for transition glasses as regular glasses and sunglasses when shopping with Yesglasses.

Not only will your lenses transition when exposed to light, we also include anti-scratch, anti-reflective and 100% UV protection in all Yesglasses lenses.

How Long Do Transition Lenses Last?

The molecules in transition lenses have a life span which determines how long they will continue working. After some time, you’ll notice your lenses aren’t getting as dark or changing as quickly as they used to. Luckily, transition lenses will last around 2 years, which is the amount of time the prescription for regular lenses will usually last.

The Best Colors for Transition Lenses

While transition lenses don’t offer the array of colors that traditional sunglasses do, we offer the two most popular tints, gray and brown. Just like with different colors of sunglasses, the color of transition lenses have different advantages.

Gray Transition Lenses

These lenses offer a neutral color that is best for everyday use. Your color perception will be unaffected by the tint of the lenses. Gray transition lenses are great for both sunny and cloudy weather. Tortoise frames and gold frames go well with gray lenses!

Brown Transition Lenses

These lenses can help to improve depth perception, which makes them ideal for sports and other leisurely outdoor activities, like hunting and fishing. Brown lenses work better in brighter conditions, so they are not recommended for cloudy days or low-light situations.

How to Buy Transition Lenses with Yesglasses?

If you love the idea of transition lenses, purchasing a great pair through Yesglasses is easy.

1. Pick your frame

Browse our eyewear styles until you find the perfect frame. You might consider finding your face shape to get started on choosing a style if you’re unsure of where to start. You can also view all eyeglasses and filter by gender, shape, rim, size, material, style and more!

You might consider finding your face shape to get started.

2. Choose “Eyeglasses with Clear Lenses” then “SELECT LENSES”

Once you’ve found your frame, view the drop down for the option “Eyeglasses with Clear Lenses.” This allows you to hit the button “Select Lenses” and brings you to customizing your clear lenses into transition lenses.

View the drop down for the option Eyeglasses with Clear Lenses.

3. Choose “Light-Responsive Lenses”

Now you can customize your glasses! Choose the “light responsive lenses” option to get transition lenses on your frames. You will choose between transition lenses in two grades, our cost-saving photochromic or Transitions®, as well as if you need the prescription for single-vision or progressive vision.

Customizing your clear lenses into transition lenses.

Should You Buy Transition Lenses?

Transition lenses are a great option if you are looking to reduce the amount of items you need to bring along on outdoor trips. Your lenses will change tint quickly and efficiently. Also, if you tend to lose your sunglasses over summers like many of us do, transition lenses may be the perfect solution to prevent you from taking your glasses on and off to switch with sunglasses.

The convenience of having your glasses and sunglasses all in one frame is another perfect reason to choose transition lenses. With Yesglasses large selection of frame materials and styles, you’re sure to find the right fit for you.

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