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Can Transition Glasses Replace Sunglasses At The Beach?

In this post, we'll look at some key features of transition glasses for a day enjoying sand and sea and whether or not they can replace sunglasses.

Author:Iram Martins
Reviewer:Frazer Pugh
Nov 14, 2023
People use sunglasses primarily for eye protection against ultraviolet (UV) or blue light outdoors. For people who wear prescription glasses, however, they may feel bothered to carry and use two pairs of eyewear everywhere—sunglasses for protection and prescription glasses for better vision—or don’t bother wearing sunglasses at all. Transition glasses available today can help with this dilemma. The global transition glasses marketis expected to reach $8.7 billion by 2028. Transition glasses, also known as photochromic glasses, automatically tint or darken when exposed to UV rays; their lenses are transparent by default when indoors and can feature a prescription. In this post, we'll look at some key features of transition glasses for a day enjoying sand and sea and whether or not they can replace sunglasses:

How Do Transition Glasses Work?

Before we go into their features and benefits, we must know how transition glasses work. Chloride and silver halide molecules in the lenses' proprietary dyes chemically react to sunlight exposure. So while transition glasses look like clear prescription lenses when you're indoors, the molecules become stimulated once exposed to sunlight and become darker in 30 seconds.If you think transition glasses are new, they've actually been around for decades. In their earlier days, transition lenses were made of glass and only came in gray. Today, transition glasses are available in various lens colors and can be made with different materials to innovate their transition technology.Below, we’ll look at the key features of transition glasses and how traditional sunglasses compare:

UV Protection

While transition glasses provide eye protection against UV rays, people used to be hesitant about purchasing them as they may not offer enough protection compared to sunglasses. However, this is changing as technology improves. Sunglasses Hut offers luxury sunglassesso you look your best on the beach, but also photochromic lenses which react to the amount of UV that hits the lens, darkening in sunlight and lightening in a softer light. Also known as transition lenses, they are great for outdoor activities, as their improved reaction to changing environments and enhanced light sensitivity promote the highest photochromic performance and all-day comfort. They can also be paired with stylish frames such as Oakley and Prada, balancing safety and style perfectly.

Myopia Prevention

On the other hand, transition glasses are vital in slowing down myopia—or nearsightedness—progression in children. For example, HOYA Vision Care recently rolled out the MiYOSMART sun range that features photochromic lenses. The MiYOSMART Chameleon features photochromic spectacle lenses built to protect children from intense sunlight. With the MiYOSMART spectacle lenses, children can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities without compromising their eyesight. The photochromic lens technology used in the MiYOSMART Chameleon helps the glasses adapt to sunlight and fade back to clear lenses in seconds. As children are more exposed to digital screens, even when outdoors, transition glasses like the Chameleon can help keep their eyes safe and healthy.

More Shade

Finally, a primary complaint with transition glasses is how much—or how little—shade they provide. For example, some transition glasses and sunglasses aren't always recommended for driving, as they can get too dark or light. Transition lenses and sunglasses can also be tinted the wrong color, making it dangerous to read traffic signals or road signs while driving in them. This same concern is why pilots or skiers don't just buy any pair of sunglasses. Instead, Gear Patrol recommends looking for polarized lenseswhen looking for sunglasses or transition glasses. Polarized lenses use an additional film to help reduce glare from flat surfaces, making them ideal for driving even when the sun's up. Today, eyewear brands have rolled out polarized lenses for both transition glasses and sunglasses, so be sure to inquire about those or check for specs.Overall, transition glasses can work well outdoors when you’re on the beach. However, it’s important to check how much protection your lenses can offer and to look into the best quality products available to ensure eye safety.
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Iram Martins

Iram Martins

Iram Martins is a seasoned travel writer and explorer with over a decade of experience in uncovering the world's hidden gems. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management from the University of Lisbon, Iram's credentials highlight his authority in the realm of travel. As an author of numerous travel guides and articles for top travel publications, his writing is celebrated for its vivid descriptions and practical insights. Iram’s passion for cultural immersion and off-the-beaten-path adventures shines through in his work, captivating readers and inspiring wanderlust. Outside of his writing pursuits, Iram enjoys learning new languages, reviewing films and TV shows, writing about celebrity lifestyles, and attending cultural festivals.
Frazer Pugh

Frazer Pugh

Frazer Pugh is a distinguished expert in finance and business, boasting over 6 years of experience. Holding an MBA in Finance from Stanford University, Frazer's credentials underscore his authority and expertise in the field. With a successful track record in executive roles and as a published author of influential articles on financial strategy, his insights are both deep and practical. Beyond his professional life, Frazer is an avid traveler and culinary enthusiast, drawing inspiration from diverse cultures and cuisines. His commitment to delivering trustworthy analysis and actionable advice reflects his dedication to shaping the world of finance and business, making a significant impact through his work.
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