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If you wear prescription glasses (especially here in bright and sunny Houston, Texas) the reality is that you’ll probably need prescription sun wear too! Without prescription sunglasses your squinting eyes are suffering in the sun and/or you’re over wearing contacts if you only have non-prescription sunglasses. Neither of these situations are healthy and both result in eye fatigue, eye strain and can lead to serious eye health issues later in life. Luckily, you have some options.
There are three types of Transitions; Transitions IV, Transition XTRAactive and Transitions Vantage. What’s cool about Transition IV lenses is that they darken to the appropriate shade for your situation. So they’re never too dark when you’re in the shade or too light when in bright sun. They also block 100% of UVA/UVB light without the investment of an additional pair of glasses. They will however, take about 3-5 minutes to fully clear up once indoors. You’ll still need something to shield the sun while driving since these do not darken behind the wheel. The UV rays are what activate the color changing molecules and almost all car windshields now have UV protection.
Transitions XTRActive lenses will activate behind the windshield and indoors they have a light tint to shield your eyes from harsh indoor light. So if you like the idea of tinted lenses at all times, these would be great in all situations, including driving.
Transitions Vantage lenses have the added benefit of variable polarization. That means that as lenses get darker, vision becomes crisper and more vivid, while glare is reduced in even the brightest sunlight. These will not darken behind the windshield.
Depending on your prescription and what your visual needs are, prescription sunglasses might be a better fit for you. If you have an active lifestyle prescription sport sunglasses can really help boost your performance to the next level. Prescription sunglasses Houston can be more of a fashion accessory when you have options of which pair to wear. There are also more options when it comes to tint colors. Transitions lenses have limited availability of 3 colors.
One of each allows you to have choices while still protecting your eyes in all lighting conditions. Transition lenses can also be added to your sun lenses, which would then make them, transition sunglasses! You could then choose a light gradient tint (nice when wearing inside) AND have a dark solid tint when in bright sunlight! This is a creative way to have the best of both worlds!
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