Transitions Lenses

What Are Transitions Lenses & How Do They Work?

Before making the decision to commit to a new type of prescription lens it is important to know some specifics about what the lenses do, how they do it, and what the benefits are for switching. In this month’s blog post we will discuss TransitionsTM lenses, how they function, and what the benefits of them are.

First and foremost it is important to understand that Transitions is a brand name for what are also known as photochromic lenses. Photochromic lenses are lenses which contain a type of dye which darkens when exposed to UV light, which is how Transitions lenses function.

Currently, Transitions has the largest variety of different photochromic lenses which are designed and suited for a variety of purposes. They offer standard prescription photochromic lenses which darken from clear to tinted and polarized-photochromic lenses which are polarized sunglasses with the ability to change the tint intensity based on the intensity of UV exposure.

The benefits of photochromic lenses truly depend on individual circumstances. However, if your occupation has you outside frequently, or if your commute tends to be long, then Transitions has options such as the standard lenses or polarized-photochromic lenses which would be well-suited for those situations. For the average person, the benefits of Transitions lenses tend to be enough to justify an extra set of glasses!


Gordon Optical has been proudly serving the communities of Lexington and Concord since 1935. Our teams of licensed opticians pride themselves on their dedication to the field and to their patients and customers. If you’re in need of Optometry services prior to selecting new frames, visit our affiliated Optometrist conveniently located next door to our Lexington location Gordon Eye Associates

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Gordon Optical
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Lexington & Concord