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Jul 30, 2019 | Nisha

Photochromic Lenses: Reasons why they are so practical 

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The British summer is a fickle beast; one minute there is bright, glorious sunshine, the next it is overcast with a hint of rain in the air. 

If you wear glasses this can have an added inconvenience. When overcast, you slip on your ordinary glasses and then when the sun comes out you change to your sunglasses.  Not only do you have to carry an umbrella in your bag, just in case it rains, you also need to carry your sunglasses and your normal glasses. The answer is simple. Change to photochromic lenses. 

They are also known as light-reactive lenses and are prescription lenses, which darken as UV levels rise and then lighten back to clear when you go indoors or the sun disappears. Photochromic lenses come in either brown or grey so you can ensure the lenses match your chosen frames and they can also be used in any frame. These lenses are very practical and are ideal for people who wear glasses full-time. It means you only have to carry one pair of glasses with you, and you don’t have to go through the hassle of changing your glasses every time you go inside during the summer. 

However, you need to consider your lifestyle to identify if they will work for you. They are not an ideal option if you drive for a living, as photochromic lenses do not darken as well as sunglasses when inside a vehicle so dark polarised lenses are better. Also, for skiers, road runners or anglers, sunglasses are best. This is because light reflects off tarmac, water or snow making the light plane-polarised, which doesn't work well with photochromic lenses.

However, for everyone else who regularly wears glasses, and requires extra protection without having to rummage in your bag for sunglasses, photochromic lenses could work for you. They ensure that throughout the standard day-to-day variation of UV light, your glasses will adapt meaning you can see well in all conditions as well as offering UV protection whenever you wear your glasses. 

If you would like to find out more about transition lenses and how they could work for you, contact the team here at SureSpecs.