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    Photochromic lenses: What you need to know about Transitions and light-responsive lenses

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    Photochromic lenses darken in UV light

    Photochromic lenses stay clear indoors and darken when exposed to UV rays from sunlight. Some other names for these lenses include “light-responsive lenses”, “Transitions®”, “photograys”, or “auto-tint lenses”. 

    Photochromic lenses are convenient because they change to a tint when the molecules in the lens come in contact with Ultra-Violet rays from the sun. This means that even on a cloudy day, the lenses will still darken. You should note that most photochromic lenses do not darken in a car because the windshield blocks the necessary UV rays. If you would like light-responsive lenses which darken in the car, you will choose Transitions® XTRActive® lenses. 

    Does Payne Glasses sell Transitions?

    On the Payne Glasses site, you will see several options for photochromic lenses. Photochromic lenses are generic light-responsive lenses and are the most affordable. You will also see the Transitions® brand and Vision-Ease Life Rx® brand. These are the brand name versions our light-responsive lenses which come with a higher price tag. 

    Most cases of cataracts in adults are caused by overexposure to UV rays. Therefore, wearing a pair of light-responsive lenses is a great way to easily protect your eyes from exposure to these harmful rays. Photochromic lenses protect your eyes from 100% UVA and UVB rays. 

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    Photochromic lenses for prescription eyeglasses

    Who should wear Photochromic Lenses?

    Not only are light-responsive lenses great for adults but they are also perfect for kids. They combine the convenience of clear lenses and sunglasses. They also provide the added eye health benefits of protecting your little one’s eyes from UVA and UVB rays.

    Payne Glasses makes photochromic lenses in most lens index options including Polycarbonate, high-index, progressive lenses, and lined bifocals. This means you can customize your light-responsive lenses to your specific vision needs. 

    All lenses from Payne Glasses include anti-reflective coating and scratch resistance included in the price. Both of these features will  improve your vision and protect your lenses from scratching. 

    You can also buy Photochromic lenses with Blue Blocking technology

    Photochromic Blue-Light Blockers

    You can get Blue Blockers to help protect your eyes from harmful HEV blue light, which computer screens and phone screens emit. These rays can cause both eye strain as well as eye diseases such as macular degeneration. You can both protect your eyes from blue light as well as UV rays with photochromic blue blockers. Payne Glasses offers photochromic blue blockers at the most affordable price online. They start at $33.95 for single vision lenses.

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