Transitions Lenses: FSA Eligibility
What are transitions lenses?
Transitions lenses, also known as photochromic lenses, are a type of prescription eyewear that are designed to be worn all day long and change color based on their exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. In bright light, these eyeglasses will darken to reduce glare, while in low light conditions they will revert back to a transparent hue.
Photochromic lenses have been around for decades, and historically these glasses relied on silver chloride or silver halide to react to UV light and darken. However, with many of the advances that have been made in this arena, modern day transitions lenses use proprietary dyes that undergo chemical changes that darken the lenses when exposed to UV light (American Academy of Opthalmology).
What are the benefits of transitions lenses?
Transitions lenses are the ideal choice for wearers who do not want to have to switch back and forth between prescription eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses. Transitions lenses are designed to be worn all day long and have the added benefit of continual protection against UV rays throughout the day. Ultimately, transitions lenses are one option out of many that can provide additional convenience for those who need to wear prescription eyewear and need a better fit for their lifestyles.