Stuck between which lens option is best for your next pair of glasses? You've come to the right place. Today we'll be diving into the difference between Transitions vs. sunglasses, so you can select the perfect lens with confidence.

Transitions vs. Sunglasses

1. Transitions Vs. Sunglasses - What Should I do?
2. Are Transitions as Good as Sunglasses?
3. Can They Be Tinted?
4. Can I made my Transition lenses Darker?
5. Can I Make Them Transition Faster?

Whether you are looking for a pair of sunglasses in addition to your everyday pair or want one pair that seemingly does it all, join Eyeglass Tyler in the video below as he demystifies the differences between Transitions lenses vs. sunglass lenses.

Transitions vs. Sunglasses - What Should I Do?

Depending on what you are looking for and what your specific needs are for your glasses will determine which lens option is best suited for you. This question is best answered by knowing what to expect with each lens option. Transitions is both a brand and general concept. Transitions or photochromic lenses are light reactive, turning darker when exposed to UV light and lighter when taken out of that UV environment. Fixed tint lenses are your traditional sunglass lenses.

We suggest having a traditional pair of prescription sunglasses and eyeglasses first. Transitions were designed for a specific use more than a ‘one pair to replace all pairs’ type of lens. They make a great specialty pair!

Are Transitions as Good as Sunglasses?

Not the best question, but one that our SportRx opticians are frequently asked. The answer is similar to the previous question. Start by figuring out the expectations for your sunglasses and where you plan on using them the most.

If you plan on using your transitions as your primary pair of sunglasses, one thing to consider is transitions lenses only react to UV light not brightness or light intensity. This can prove problematic while driving. Most windshields block a good portion of UV light so the photochromic lenses don't fully transition to their darkest tint.

Can They be Tinted?

YES! Photochromic lenses can have a tinted base. SportRx has developed a number of Sport Optimized Lenses that start at a lighter tint and go dark as the UV increases. This is a great option for when you want a contrasting lens in low light environments and a dark lens for bright sunny days, or if you are in variable lighting while hiking on a trail, or going from shaded to bright areas.

Can I Make my Transitions Lenses Darker?

Kinda. Transitions can't perform darker than the designed deepest tint. If you get a Transitions lens with a base tint, they will be darker overall than a lens without a base tint. As your lens transitions, it will automatically adjust the tint to match the amount of UV light exposure.

Can I Make Them Transition Faster?

Unfortunately, no. There isn't a trick to get them to speed up outside of their designed transition time. The rate a lens will transition will depend on the specific lens. Check out the Transitions blog that goes over all the nitty-gritty details between each option.

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