Everything You Need to Know About Photochromic Lenses

Has this ever happened to you? You're at your job, working away until the clock strikes 5pm. Then, you leave as fast as you can while trying to avoid awkward small talk in the elevator with your coworkers. You finally make it outside - only to be blasted by sunlight! Pretty sure, we've all been there. Only this time, you reach for your bag and realize you forgot to pack your sunglasses! Well, we've got a solution for that.

What Are Photochromic Lenses?

Don't let the fancy word scare you! Photochromic lenses are actually quite simple to understand. They are glasses lenses that transition from clear to dark when exposed to UV rays. You've probably already heard of phrases like transition lenses or light-responsive lenses. Photochromic lenses are the same thing, just one of the official terms for these adaptive lenses.

How Do Photochromic Lenses Work?

While indoors, your glasses with photochromic lenses will remain transparent. You'll have your RX prescription already in your lenses, so you can see clearly. However, when you step outdoors and UV rays from the sun hit your glasses, the molecules inside your photochromic lenses will activate and thereby darken. Whenever your outdoor adventure is done and you go back indoors, your lenses will transition back into its clear state. Pretty cool, right?

GIF of photochromic lens transition

Benefits of Photochromic Lenses

One of the best benefits of having photochromic lenses is that it blocks 100% of UV/UVB light. That means your eyes are protected from loads of potential damage such as eye strain, vision damage, and premature aging. Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses can even reduce your risk of getting cataracts and glaucoma. You can read all about the benefits of UV-blocking sunglasses in our previous blog.

Who Should Wear Photochromic Glasses?

Photochromic glasses are a great option for on-the-go people and for anyone who wears Rx glasses. If you often move in and out of your home for work or simply enjoy being outdoors, photochromic lenses will transition along with you. There's no need for constantly switching your glasses for sunglasses or vice versa. And, you can avoid those pesky days when you forget to pack your sunglasses while you're out and about. Photochromic lenses do the work for you and adapt to your lifestyle.

Ready to take the next step? At DIFF Eyewear, it's easy. Simply shop for the prescription glasses you'd like to buy. Once you're on the product page, click the "SELECT YOUR LENS" button. Then you can choose the Photochromic Glasses option. Happy shopping!