The Best Transition Lenses for Active Outdoor Enthusiasts

This article was produced in partnership with Transitions

Ski? Fishing? Hiking? It’s neither fun nor healthy to perpetually squint in the glare of the sun. The fix? Get your hands on it Transitions® XTRActive® Polarized lenses, and your eyes will thank you very much.

The latest generation of Transitions® XTRActive® lenses feature a polarized lens option, which implements best-in-class technology derived from years of photochromic and polarization research and development. These lenses are clear (with a slight tint) indoors and automatically darken AND polarize to adapt to changing lighting conditions outdoors. And, if you’re often in bright light (hello, beach season) or are super sensitive to light (take the Transitions® Online Quiz to help you assess your level of light sensitivity), then consider Transitions XTRActive Polarized lenses in your next pair of glasses.

How does bright light affect my vision?

Very bright and intense sunlight outdoors can often lead to eye strain and it is believed that cumulative exposure to this bright sunlight could potentially impact the long term health of our eyes.1. In fact, 38% of eyeglass wearers in the United States report spending more time outdoors, and 54% of those wearers have experienced problems such as headaches, watery eyes, difficulty seeing well in direct sunlight, and eyestrain.2.

Another problem with bright outdoor light is reflected glare. Not only does glare make things hard to see, it can also distort the true color of objects, especially in humid or polluted environments. (translation: your lakeside lunch by the bonfire won’t be as epic to watch thanks to the sun reflecting off the water.

In a survey conducted for Transitions Optical, 7 in 10 eyeglass wearers say protecting their eyes is more important than ever3. We wholeheartedly agree and believe that exposure to strong lights and glare can actually prevent you from seeing all there is to see in the world around you.

Yeah, I noticed. What can I do?

Fortunately, Transitions XTRActive Polarized lentils can help. This polarized photochromic lens is an industry first, designed for wearers who are frequently exposed to bright light and reflective glare such as that from water, snow, sand, car windows and buildings.
When fully activated, Transitions XTRActive Polarized lenses reduce glare, so colors retain their true appearance. The polarization properties of Transitions XTRActive Polarized the lenses not only help deliver more vivid colors, they help improve visibility up to 33% more than non-polarized sun lenses.4.

XTRActive Transitions Contact lenses are essential for those who lead an active lifestyle. Because these smart light lenses automatically darken to adapt to different lighting situations, they’re perfect for when you’re on the go and heading from your desk to the great outdoors – while providing comfort and helping to defend yourself against intense lights, according to real glasses wearers.

Porters from anglers to dog sleds will appreciate the sharper vision, bright colors and wider view outdoors5 delivered by Transitions XTRActive Polarized lenses, which are available exclusively in grey.

So what about the lights inside too?

Even when you walk in, your eyes may be away from the sun, but the bright lights don’t go away. Nowadays, it is difficult to escape them. According to a survey conducted on behalf of Transitions Optical, 60% of consumers are spending more time with their digital devices amid the pandemic, and three in four have experienced issues as a result6.

Fortunately, Transitions XTRActive Polarized lenses help filter out harmful blue light by up to 35% when lenses are clear indoors and 90% when fully darkened outdoors7. And since the lenses are virtually clear and unpolarized on the inside, it doesn’t affect the ability to see a digital screen like an always-polarized lens does. What’s more, everything Transitions the lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. In other words, you can rest assured that your eyes will feel comfortable and safer from digital devices, harsh desk lights and harsh sunlight when driving or enjoying the outdoors.

Where can I get my hands on it?

Ready to approach the summer with a clear and comfortable vision? As always, talk to your eye care provider to find out if Transitions the lenses are right for you and be sure to ask for genuine lenses Transitions lenses when buying your new pair of glasses.

You can find your nearest eye care professional here and learn more about the Transitions XTRActive Polarized lentils here. Your best light solution has finally arrived.

Transitions and XTRActive are registered trademarks and Transitions XTRActive Polarized and XTRActive Polarized are trademarks of Transitions Optical, Inc. used under license by Transitions Optical Limited.
1. Yam JC, Kwok AK. Ultraviolet light and eye diseases. Int Ophthalmol. 2014 Apr;34(2):383-400. Doi: 10.1007/s10792-013-9791-x. Published online May 31, 2013. PMID: 23722672.
2. Transitions Optical, Usage & Attitude Survey, United States, Q4 2020, Qualtrics, N= 1,003 glasses wearers
3. Transitions Optical, Global Consumer Sentiment and Behaviour, multi-country survey (AR, AU, CO, FR, IT, SG, ZA, UK, US), Q4 2020, People Research, N=6,403/N=700 by countries, glasses wearers agree to say Top2Boxes)
4. EcoOptics Limited – Prof. Nicholas Roberts, Quantitative Study Assessing the Visual Benefits of Lens Polarization Properties, Project 2 WP1 Dec 2020
5. EcoOptics Limited – Prof. Nicholas Roberts, Quantitative Study Evaluating the Visual Benefits of Lens Polarization Properties Over Similar Non-Polarized Lenses, 2019/2020
6. Transitions Optical, Global Consumer Sentiment and Behavior, multi-country survey (AR, AU, CO, FR, IT, SG, ZA, UK, US), Q4 2020, People Research, N=6,403/N=700 by countries, glasses wearers agree to say Top2Boxes)
7. “Based on tests performed on various materials on gray lenses at 23°C. “Harmful blue light” is calculated between 380 nm and 460 nm


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