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LENS CARE FAQ

How do I clean/care for my lenses?

Xperio UV™ Lenses Polarized Prescription Sunglasses: The best way to clean your lenses is by first rinsing your lenses under warm running water to remove any sandy/gritty debris, clean with a mild liquid dishwashing soap to remove facial oils, rinse with water, and then dry with a soft cotton cloth. Finish by polishing your lenses with the microfiber Xperio UV polarized sun lenses cleaning cloth provided to you. You can also use the Xperio UV polarized sun lenses cloth for touch-up cleaning throughout the day when it is not convenient to wash the lenses. The super hydrophobic properties of Xperio UV polarized sun lenses facilitate the removal of smudges, dust, dirt, and fingerprints easily.


Transitions® Light Intelligent Lenses™: Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses can be cleaned like most lenses—with a lens cleaner, mild soap, or a microfiber lens cleaning cloth. Do not use window cleaner to clean your prescription eyeglasses, as it contains chemicals that could break down the coatings on your lenses. You should also be careful not to wipe your lenses with a surface that could potentially scratch your lenses, for instance, a facial tissue or paper towel.


Varilux® Progressive Lenses: The best way to clean your lenses is by first rinsing your lenses under warm running water to remove any sandy/gritty debris, clean with a mild liquid dishwashing soap to remove facial oils, rinse with water, and then dry with a soft cotton cloth. Finish by polishing your lenses with a microfiber cleaning cloth. You can also use a cleaning cloth for touch-up cleaning throughout the day when it is not convenient to wash the lenses. And while your lenses usually incorporate a scratch-resistant coating, you should always store them in a case as a precaution. Avoid exposing your lenses to excessive heat and temperatures for long periods (like on your car's dashboard, for instance).


Crizal® Anti-Glare Lenses:



  1.  Rinse lenses under warm running water to remove any sandy/gritty debris.

  2.  Clean with a mild liquid dishwashing soap to remove facial oils.

  3.  Rinse with water.

  4.  Dry with a soft cotton cloth.

  5.  Polish your lenses with the microfiber Crizal lenses cleaning cloth provided to you.


You can also use the Crizal lenses cloth for touch-up cleaning throughout the day when it is not convenient to wash your lenses. While the hydrophobic properties of Crizal Anti-Glare lenses facilitate the removal of smudges, dust, dirt, and fingerprints more easily, the smudges and fingerprints may appear more visible on Crizal Anti-Glare lenses than on an uncoated lens. Watch a video on how to clean your Crizal Anti-Glare lenses.


Where do I buy/find new cleaning cloths?

Additional cleaning cloths can be purchased on this website or at any optical shop. Ask your eyecare professional about purchasing additional cleaning cloths, if needed.


How do I clean my cleaning cloth?

Cleaning cloths can be washed on the gentle cycle in the washer or hand-washed. We recommend that you do not use any laundry additives (such as fabric softener), which could leave a residue on the cloth.


Can I use alcohol to clean my lenses?

Occasional use of alcohol on Crizal Anti-Glare lenses will not be harmful. However, we do not recommend continuous, daily use.


What do I do if I have hair spray or paint on my lenses?

If you are not able to remove hair spray or paint using the cleaning recommendations found above, we suggest taking your lenses to your eyecare professional for assistance.


Can I use a lens cleaner?

Any commercially prepared lens cleaner formulated to be used with anti-reflective lenses can be used.


Can I keep my glasses/sunglasses in the car?

It is not advisable to store glasses/sunglasses in your automobile (e.g., leaving them on the dashboard of your car), especially in warmer climates. It is potentially damaging to the lenses and to the frame.


EYE PROTECTION

Why is it important to protect my eyes from UV light?

To better understand the effects of UV radiation on the eyes, it is helpful to know a little more about UV light. Visible light represents just a small portion of the light spectrum. On either side of the visible light spectrum are long-wavelength radiations (infrared) and short-wavelength radiations (UV). While infrared rays are relatively harmless, UV rays can pose serious risks to a person’s overall health and eye health.


Sunlight consists of two types of harmful rays: UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin—leading to signs of premature aging such as wrinkling or age spots. UVB rays are the sun’s burning rays and are the primary cause of sunburn.


Excessive UV exposure is dangerous for eyes as well as your skin. It can lead to a number of serious, sight-stealing diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration down the road, making ongoing protection from UV rays a must.


What is glare?

Glare can be described as “extreme brightness” from the presence of excessive visible light. Glare can be distracting and even dangerous and can occur day or night in a number of ways. It can cause you to squint, resulting in eye strain and eye fatigue. In extreme cases, glare can even result in temporary blindness.


There are four types of glare to be aware of:


Distracting glare

Distracting glare can be caused by car headlights or streetlights at night. It can also be as simple as light being reflected off the front of your lenses, making it difficult for others to see your eyes. Similarly, it may be from light reflected off the back—or inside—of your lenses so that you see the distracting reflection of your own eyes or objects behind you in your forward field of vision. As a result, this kind of glare may cause eye fatigue, annoyance, and distraction.


Discomforting glare

Glare can be caused by everyday, normal sunlight conditions. Depending upon one’s light sensitivity, this glare can be discomforting regardless of weather or time of day. It can be present in any level or intensity of light, or when moving from one lighting condition to another. Discomforting glare often causes squinting and eye fatigue.


Disabling glare

This type of glare comes from excessive, intense light that can occur when you face directly into the sun. Disabling glare can block vision because the intense light can cause significantly reduced contrast of the retinal image. The latent effects can last well beyond the time of exposure.


Blinding or reflected glare

This comes from light reflected off smooth, shiny surfaces such as water, sand, or snow. It can be strong enough to block vision. Reflected light is polarized and requires polarized lenses to reduce it optimally.


Transitions® Light Intelligent Lenses™ with anti-reflective coating block distracting, discomforting, and disabling glare. For additional protection against blinding or reflected glare, try our new Transitions® Vantage® Light Intelligent lenses.


What is blue light?

Our eyes are sensitive to visible light, which is actually a very small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Blue light is one section within the visible light spectrum, actually covering blue and violet.


The visible light spectrum includes every color of the rainbow, and each color spans a different range of wavelengths within that spectrum. Red has the longest wavelength and violet has the shortest wavelength. When all the waves are seen together, they make white light.


What are the sources of blue light?

The main sources of blue light are:



  • The sun (the most intense source of blue light)

  • LED lights and compact fluorescent lamps

  • Digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, and some TVs

  • Metal halide lights, found mostly indoors in large commercial structures



Is blue light good or bad for you?

Because blue-violet light is high-energy and close in frequency to ultraviolet (UV) light, which is known to be harmful, the consensus among the scientific community is that blue-violet light could potentially have negative effects on one’s health. For example, potential negative effects of blue light include age-related macular degeneration, poor sleep quality, and an increase of certain cancer risks.


However, some scientific literature and research also indicate that wavelengths in the “true” blue band (a different frequency than violet light) may have positive health benefits. For example, potential positive effects of blue light include improvement of visual acuity and depth of field and a lessening of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression associated with cooler seasons, which is thought to be caused by lack of exposure to light.


Essentially, while blue light is important and a necessary part of the way we see, too much of it (especially the type closest to UV) could be bad for your health, so it’s important to protect your eyes.


What is UV light?

Sunlight is the primary source of ultraviolet radiation. UV light comes from all directions, reflecting off surrounding surfaces and creating dangerous exposure.


Why do I need UV protection?

UV damage is cumulative and is often irreversible. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can damage the eye. UV light can increase the risks of certain eye conditions and diseases, such as UV-related cataracts, growths on the eye, and even certain skin cancers on the eyelids or around the eye.


How do I protect my eyes from UV damage?

Sun damage to the eyes can occur any time during the year, not just in the summer, so it is essential to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you're outside. Xperio UV™ polarized prescription sunglasses offer the maximum level of protection against the invisible and often irreversible dangers of UV light on both sides of the lens. Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses have an E-SPF® index of 50+. E-SPF 50 is the highest level of UV protection offered within the E-SPF index. The higher the E-SPF index, the greater the level of UV protection provided by the lens. 


The sun's rays can pass through haze and thin clouds, so be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses before going outside during cloudy weather.


Do not look directly at the sun. Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can lead to damage to the eye's retina from solar radiation.


UV damage can happen at any age. Protect the eyes of children as well as seniors with hats and sunglasses.


What are the side effects of UV?

Premature signs of aging, skin cancer, eye disease, wrinkles, and photokeratitis.


Why would I wear eye protection when it’s cloudy outside?

Over 40% of annual UV exposure is received during conditions when people are not in full sunlight and are less likely to wear protection. Complete UV protection on your sunglass lenses can help protect the long-term health of your eyes.


Why would I need UV on the back side of my lens if it’s already on the front side? Isn’t that enough protection?

UV light comes from all directions, reflecting off surrounding surfaces and creating dangerous exposure. The back surface of ordinary sunglass lenses has been found to reflect light coming from the back and sides of the lens, increasing UV light exposure to the eyes. Some sunglasses and clear lenses made with higher-quality materials block UV light from transmitting through the front of the lens, but they do not address the UV light reflecting off the back side of the lens.


What is E-SPF®?

E-SPF is an index rating the overall UV protection of a lens. E-SPF was developed by Essilor International and endorsed by third-party experts. The E-SPF index relates to lens performance only and excludes direct eye exposure that depends on external factors (wearer’s morphology, frame shape, position of wear). E-SPF 50 is the highest level of UV protection provided by the lens


What are the benefits of prescription sun lenses?

Prescription sunglasses provide protection from the sun and glare and help people see clearly outdoors. Sunglasses can accommodate virtually any type of lens prescription, including progressive prescriptions for people with presbyopia. They are available in a variety of styles and materials. Prescription sunglasses provide clear vision with the added benefit of protection against UV rays. Prescription sunglasses make participating in outdoor activities much easier and safer for your eyes.


How often should I have my eyes checked, and when should I replace my lenses?

Your eyesight and vision are critical to your overall health and well-being. It is recommended that you have a comprehensive eye exam annually and consult your eyecare professional on the best lens option for you.


OTHER

What is presbyopia and how do I know if I have it?

Presbyopia is an unavoidable age-related process that begins to gradually affect vision, usually after age 40. If you experience any of the situations below, you may be presbyopic, and it’s time to consult an eyecare professional for a comprehensive eye exam:



  • You experience blurred vision when reading up close

  • You find yourself holding reading material at arm's length

  • You have trouble seeing in dim lighting, like reading a menu in a dark restaurant

  • You experience eye strain, tired eyes, or headaches



I have a strong prescription. How can I reduce the thickness and weight of my eyeglass lenses?

Varilux® progressive lenses are available in a variety of different lens materials that will reduce both thickness and weight. Your eyecare professional will consider prescription, frame size, and your individual lifestyle when helping you decide which lens material will be best for you.


What promotions or discounts are available?

We work with multiple lab and lens manufacturing partners to offer the widest availability of lenses. Individual practices and retail outlets determine the price of finished lenses—including applicable promotions or discounts—so prices may vary.


Varilux® Progressive Lenses

How do I know that I have genuine Varilux progressive lenses?

Varilux progressive lenses are supplied from the manufacturing laboratory with a Varilux progressive lenses Certificate of Authenticity (COA) card. If you do not receive a COA card with your Varilux progressive lenses, please consult your eyecare professional.


Which Varilux progressive lenses are right for me?

Each patient's prescription and lens needs should be evaluated in person with an eyecare professional for appropriate lens recommendations and fittings to be made.


What is the warranty on my Varilux progressive lenses?

Warranties on Varilux progressive lenses may vary among eyecare professionals. It is important to understand warranties available to you from the eyecare professional you plan to purchase your lenses from. Before you purchase your lenses, be sure to ask about the specifics of warranty coverage.


Will I be limited in my frame selection?

No, Varilux progressive lenses can fit virtually any frame size and shape. Your eyecare professional will assist you with selecting an appropriate frame for your prescription and fitting needs.


How can I obtain more information about Varilux progressive lenses?

Your eyecare professional is an excellent source of information about Varilux progressive lenses and their specific applications to your individual prescription and lifestyle. If you have not done so within the last year, Essilor recommends having a comprehensive eye exam prior to ordering your new Varilux progressive lenses. 


Are there any special guidelines for taking care of Varilux progressive lenses?

The best way to clean your lenses is by first rinsing them under warm running water to remove any sandy/gritty debris, clean with a mild liquid dishwashing soap to remove facial oils, rinse with water, and then dry with a soft cotton cloth. Finish by polishing your lenses with a microfiber cleaning cloth. You can also use a cleaning cloth for touch-up cleaning throughout the day when it is not convenient to wash the lenses. And while your lenses usually incorporate a scratch-resistant coating, you should always store them in a case as a precaution. Avoid exposing your lenses to excessive heat and temperatures for long periods (like on your car's dashboard, for instance).


WEARING VARILUX Progressive LENSES

Should I expect to have an adaptation period with my Varilux progressive lenses?

Most people will enjoy their Varilux progressive lenses right away, while others may take a bit longer to become completely comfortable. Let your eyecare professional know if your adjustment period is longer than two weeks, as a “fine-tuning” frame adjustment may be all that’s necessary.


My vision feels different with my new Varilux progressive lenses when I look to the side. Is this a normal part of the adaptation period?

Yes. Progressive lenses will introduce some changes to your peripheral vision due to power changes that occur in the periphery of the lenses. You may feel an initial difference in your peripheral vision that may require some slight changes in horizontal head and eye movements. Sensitivity to this area of the lens will diminish as you become more accustomed to the lenses. Varilux® X Series™ lenses with Xtend™ Technology significantly reduce this head movement and also feature Nanoptix™ Technology, which further reduces distortion. 


To adjust quickly and comfortably:



  • Start wearing your new glasses immediately.

  • Wear your new glasses continuously.

  • Wear glasses as close to your face as possible.


For most, this period of adaptation will only last a few hours. Some people may require several days or even two weeks before becoming completely comfortable. If you have been wearing your lenses for two weeks or longer and feel uncomfortable with your vision in any way, contact your eyecare professional for an evaluation.


RELATED PRODUCTS

Are Varilux progressive lenses available with Anti-Glare treatment?

Yes, Crizal® Anti-Glare lens treatment is available on all Varilux lenses and is the best option for an Anti-Glare treatment for your Varilux progressive lenses. Crizal Anti-Glare treatment reduces the glare that causes eye fatigue, helping you see, look, and feel better. Ask your eyecare professional for Varilux progressive lenses with Crizal Anti-Glare treatment. For more information, click here.


Do Varilux lenses come with scratch resistance and ultraviolet protection?

Yes, these options are available. Ask your eyecare professional for Crizal Anti-Glare lens treament, which offers scratch resistance and UV protection. Crizal Anti-Glare treatment is available on all Varilux progressive lenses.


PROGRESSIVE LENSES

What are progressive lenses and how do they differ from ordinary bifocals?

Progressive lenses allow you to see all distances clearly in a continuous field of vision with no lines.


Bifocal lenses provide a distinct near and far viewing area, but no intermediate area (1-2 feet away). The different viewing areas are separated by noticeable lines that can be awkward, abrupt, and frustrating. The intermediate zone is the most important zone where so much life happens.


Why are Varilux progressive lenses better than other progressive lenses?

Varilux progressive lenses are backed by extensive, groundbreaking research, technology, and wearer testing. They offer natural, comfortable vision to anyone challenged by presbyopia. With over 400 million pairs sold, Varilux progressive lenses is the progressive lens brand most prescribed by eyecare professionals and trusted by millions of satisfied wearers.


Who is a good candidate for Varilux progressive lenses?

Anyone who has presbyopia, including current bifocal and trifocal wearers, people using over-the-counter readers, or people unhappy with their current progressive lenses.


What is presbyopia and how do I know if I have it?

Presbyopia is an unavoidable age-related process that begins to gradually affect vision, usually after age 40. If you experience any of the situations below, you may be presbyopic, and it’s time to consult an eyecare professional for a comprehensive eye exam:



  • You experience blurred vision when reading up close

  • You find yourself holding reading material at arm's length

  • You have trouble seeing in dim lighting, like reading a menu in a dark restaurant

  • You experience eye strain, tired eyes, or headaches



Crizal® Anti-Glare Lenses

What are the benefits of Crizal Anti-Glare lenses?

For over 25 years, Crizal Anti-Glare lenses have been providing the clearest vision possible to millions of patients worldwide. Crizal Anti-Glare lenses offer the best combination of clarity, durability, cleanability, and optimal UV protection so that patients can see, look, and feel better.


How do I know I have Crizal Anti-Glare lenses?

Crizal Anti-Glare lenses are supplied from the manufacturing laboratory with a Crizal Anti-Glare lenses Certificate of Authenticity (COA) card. To ensure your receipt of genuine Crizal Anti-Glare lenses, the COA card includes product registration information and a Crizal lenses cleaning cloth. If you do not receive these items with your Crizal Anti-Glare lenses, please consult your eyecare professional.    


What are the different Crizal Anti-Glare lens options?

The Crizal lenses family of coatings includes: Crizal Sapphire® 360° UV lenses, Crizal® Prevencia® lenses, Crizal Avancé UV™ lenses, Crizal Alizé UV™ lenses, and Crizal Easy UV™ lenses. We also have two Crizal® for Kids products: Crizal Kids UV™ lenses and Crizal® Prevencia® Kids lenses. Your eyecare professional can explain the different benefits of each Crizal Anti-Glare lens and provide a recommendation based on your needs. Learn more. 


Are Crizal Anti-Glare lenses heavier or thicker than ordinary lenses?

Crizal Anti-Glare lens treatment is very thin—thinner than a strand of hair! The actual thickness and weight of your glasses is a function of the lens material chosen, your frames, and your prescription.


What is the warranty on Crizal Anti-Glare lenses?

Warranties on Crizal Anti-Glare lenses vary among eyecare professionals, so be sure to ask your eyecare professional about his/her specific coverage and policies.


Crizal Anti-Glare Lenses UV Protection

Do Crizal Anti-Glare lenses have UV protection?

Yes, Crizal Anti-Glare lenses offer our most comprehensive daily protection against the invisible and often irreversible dangers of UV reflection.


What is UV light?

UV is a form of light/radiation that is not visible to the human eye. Sunlight is the primary source of ultraviolet radiation. UV light comes from all directions, reflecting off surrounding surfaces and creating dangerous exposure.


Why do I need UV protection?

UV damage is cumulative and often irreversible. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can increase the risk of certain eye conditions and diseases, such as UV-related cataracts, growths on the eye, and even certain skin cancers on the eyelids or around the eye area.


What are the side effects of UV?

Premature signs of aging, skin cancer, eye disease, wrinkles, and dark circles.


Why would I wear eye protection when it’s cloudy outside?

Over 40% of annual UV exposure is received during conditions when people are not in full sunlight and are less likely to wear eye protection. Complete UV protection on your everyday clear lenses can help protect the long-term health of your eyes.


Why would I need UV Protection on the back side of my lens if it’s already on the front side? Isn’t that enough protection?

UV light comes from all directions, reflecting off surrounding surfaces and creating dangerous exposure. The back surface of everyday clear glasses has been found to reflect light coming from the back and sides of the lens, increasing UV light exposure to the eyes. Most sunglasses and clear lenses with higher-quality materials block UV light from transmitting through the front of the lens, but they do not address the UV light reflecting off the back side of the lens. Crizal Anti-Glare lenses provide protection against backside UV reflection. Ask your eyecare professional about the benefits of Crizal Anti-Glare lenses.


Related Products

What lens design is Crizal Anti-Glare treatment recommended on?

Crizal Anti-Glare treatment is compatible with most lenses. It is always advisable to apply Crizal Anti-Glare treatment to both single vision and progressive addition lenses. Please talk to your ECP to find out which Crizal Anti-Glare lens is right for you.


Can I get Transitions® with Crizal Anti-Glare treatment?

Transitions lenses are available with Crizal Anti-Glare treatment. Please ask your eyecare professional if this is the best option for you.


Can I add Crizal Anti-Glare treatment to Varilux progressive lenses?

Yes, Crizal Anti-Glare treatment is compatible with most lenses and always compatible with Varilux lenses. Learn more here.


Cleaning My Lenses

How do I clean my Crizal Anti-Glare lenses?


  1.  Rinse under warm running water to remove any sandy/gritty debris.

  2.  Clean with a mild liquid dishwashing soap to remove facial oils.

  3.  Rinse with water.

  4.  Dry with a soft cotton cloth.

  5.  Polish your lenses with the microfiber Crizal lenses cleaning cloth provided to you.


You can also use the Crizal lenses cloth for touch-up cleaning throughout the day when it is not convenient to wash your lenses. While the hydrophobic properties of Crizal Anti-Glare lenses facilitate the removal of smudges, dust, dirt, and fingerprints more easily, the smudges and fingerprints may appear more visible on Crizal Anti-Glare lenses than on an uncoated lens. Watch a video on how to clean your Anti-Glare Crizal lenses.


Where do I buy/find new cleaning cloths?

Additional Crizal lenses cleaning cloths can be purchased here.


How do I clean my Crizal lenses cleaning cloth?

Eyeglass cleaning cloths can be washed on the gentle cycle in the washer or hand-washed. We recommend that you do not use any laundry additives (such as fabric softener), which could leave a residue on the cloth. Additional cleaning cloths can be purchased on this website or at any optical shop.


Can I use alcohol to clean my lenses?

Occasional use of alcohol on Crizal Anti-Glare lenses will not be harmful. However, we do not recommend continuous, daily use.


What do I do if I have hair spray or paint on my lenses?

If you are not able to remove hair spray or paint using the cleaning recommendations found above, we suggest taking your lenses to your eyecare professional for assistance.


Can I use a lens cleaner?

Yes. Commercially prepared anti-reflective lens cleaners are safe to use with Crizal Anti-Glare lenses.


OTHER QUESTIONS

Are Crizal Anti-Glare lenses sold in other countries?

Crizal Anti-Glare lenses are sold around the globe. This is the U.S. website and the information pertains to products sold in the United States. For information about other countries, contact us.


Transitions® Light Intelligent Lenses

What are Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses?

Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are the #1 eyecare professional recommended adaptive or photochromic lens worldwide. Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are equipped with patented, photochromic dyes that enable the lenses to rapidly activate, or darken, when they are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light. The greater the intensity of UV rays, the darker the lenses become. When UV light is no longer present, including indoors or at night, the lenses fade back to their original state. 


Are there different types of Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses?

To meet the diverse needs of our consumers, we have different options of everyday lenses that can be worn indoors and outdoors all day long: Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses, Transitions® XTRActive® lenses, and Transitions® Vantage® lenses.


Technology

How has the technology changed over the years?

The technology that Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses utilizes is continuously improving. Transitions® Signature® lenses darken to just the right amount of tint outdoors depending on the light conditions, fade back to clear quickly, and are as clear as a clear lens indoors. 


In addition to Transitions Signature lenses, we have Transitions® XTRActive® lenses, which are uniquely designed to provide extra protection from light outdoors, indoors, and even in the car. It is our darkest everyday lens, even in the hottest climates. 


Do I have to worry about the photochromic technology scratching or peeling off my Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses?

No, you do not need to worry. The technology behind our Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses ensures that the photochromic dyes are part of the lens and cannot be scratched off or peeled off and are designed to last for the life of your prescription. If you experience a problem with your lenses, we suggest you contact your eyecare professional or place of purchase.


What affects the performance of Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses ?

Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are activated by UV light. The amount of UV light present will determine how dark your lenses get. This is what allows you to see life with just the right amount of light.


Extreme situations can sometimes cause your lenses to behave slightly differently. For instance, temperature can have an effect on the reaction time of adaptive lens technology. To learn more, visit Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses' technology page.


Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses Performance

Are Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses as clear as an ordinary clear lens indoors?

Original Transitions or Transitions® Signature® lenses are completely clear indoors.


Transitions® XTRActive® lenses and new Transitions® Vantage® lenses have a hint of tint indoors for additional protection from light.


How dark do Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses get?

Most wearers find they are satisfied with the level of outdoor darkness with Transitions® Signature® lenses. But if you spend a lot of time outdoors or behind the wheel, or find that your eyes are especially light-sensitive, you may prefer Transitions® XTRActive® lenses, our darkest everyday lenses ever. If you spend a lot of time outdoors near snow or water, we also offer Transitions® Vantage® lenses, which polarize as they darken and are ideal for situations where glare is present.


Adaptive lenses react to their environment, so the level of darkness is affected by extreme temperatures, UV exposure, and lens materials.


How quickly do Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses darken outside?

Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses darken immediately upon exposure to UV light. The level of darkness will depend on the amount of UV light present, time of day, and direction of the sun.


How quickly do Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses return to clear?

Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses begin to fade back to clear as soon as UV rays are no longer present.


How long do Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses last?

Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are designed to last two years, which is generally the lifetime of your vision care prescription.


In order to keep your prescription lenses current, regular, comprehensive eye exams are recommended to determine any prescription changes and help prevent any other eye problems. Talk to your eyecare professional or eye doctor to find out how often you should schedule a visit to preserve your eye health.


Light Intelligent Lenses vs. Clear Lenses

Why should I wear Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses instead of ordinary clear lenses?

Unlike clear lenses, which remain clear in all situations, Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses automatically adapt to changing light, providing your eyes with exactly the amount of shade they need for any situation, so you see things in the best light. They also protect your eyes from UV rays, and reduce exposure to Harmful Blue Light, both indoors from digital devices and outdoors from the sun. 


How do Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses differ from prescription sunglasses?

Unlike sunglasses, Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses start clear and then automatically darken when exposed to UV light. They continuously and smoothly adapt their levels of tint for enhanced visual comfort in changing lighting conditions, then return to clear in situations where no UV light is present, such as indoors and at night. Sunglasses have a set tint—no matter what situation you’re in, they’re always the same shade, and they’re rarely a good option indoors.


Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are an ideal everyday lens for almost all everyday situations. Sometimes there are situations in which sunglasses or polarized sunglasses are the best option, like when driving extensively or when you are out near the water. In those situations, we recommend wearing specialized sunwear. That’s why we offer Xperio UV™ polarized sun lenses.


Do I still need prescription sunglasses?

Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses everyday lenses are designed to be worn all day, every day and they provide a comfortable level of shade in bright sun. However, there are times when you could benefit from sunglasses. That’s why we offer Xperio UV™ polarized sun lenses


How do Transitions® Vantage® lenses differ from polarized sunglasses?

Polarization filters bright sunlight that can cause glare so you can get better clarity. While Transitions® Signature® lenses and Transitions® XTRActive® lenses are not polarized, Transitions Vantage lenses do offer variable polarization.


Transitions Vantage lenses are the first adaptive lenses that allow for variable polarization. As Transitions Vantage lenses darken when exposed to light, they also polarize, creating sharper, crisper vision. This is an everyday lens option, which means they are virtually clear inside as well, so you can wear them as your regular lenses.


Are Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses Right for Me?

How do I know if Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are right for me?

If you’re looking for more than an ordinary lens can offer, Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses lenses are right for you.


Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are designed to fit virtually every frame, style, size, and prescription. That includes designer frames, kids’ sizes, and special prescriptions.


Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are right for all ages. Anyone can benefit from seeing life with just the right amount of light. Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are a great option for kids of all ages because it’s never too early to start protecting your eyes from UV rays and Harmful Blue Light, both indoors and outdoors.


What lens types are Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses available in?

Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses have the widest availability of adaptive lenses on the market today. They are available in all major lens materials, including thinner, lighter polycarbonate and high-index materials. A variety of designs are available as well. Single vision lenses are prescription corrections for distance or near vision. Bifocals and progressive lenses account for distance and near vision correction in the same lens. Ask your eyecare professional for more information.


Do Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses work in all eyeglass frames?

Yes, Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses work in virtually any frame and material: plastic, metal, rimless, semi-rimless, or full frames.


Are Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses compatible with anti-reflective, anti-scratch, and anti-fog coatings?

Yes. Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are compatible with anti-scratch and anti-fog coatings. And not only are they compatible with anti-reflective coatings (which reduce reflections off the lenses), but Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are even better in reducing distracting, discomforting, and disabling glare, both indoors and out. Check with your eyecare professional or eye doctor to see which eyewear and lens options are right for you.


Are Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses suitable for children?

Yes, Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are a great option for children. Did you know that the average child receives three times the UV exposure as an adult? Because children are constantly going from inside to outside and because their crystalline lens is not fully developed, allowing for more light to enter the eye, a lens that blocks 100% of UV rays is important to preserving their eye health now and in future years. Children are also more exposed to Harmful Blue Light than ever before with significant digital device usage and time spent out in the sun. All Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses help protect from Harmful Blue Light, both indoors and out. Additionally, Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are available in polycarbonate material, which is shatterproof and frequently recommended by eyecare professionals for children’s lenses.


Are nonprescription Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses available?

Yes, original Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses and Transitions® XTRActive® Light Intelligent Lenses can be made without a prescription (this is called a “plano” lens) to fit in nearly any eyeglass frame. Ask your eyecare professional for more details.


Also, nonprescription Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are also available in some of the products in the Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses performance sunwear line.


Insurance

How do I know if my health insurance covers Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses ?

Many insurance providers offer coverage for Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses as part of their vision care plan. To find out what savings you can enjoy, it is best to contact your insurance provider.


Current Customers

How do I register my Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses ?

To register your Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses, visit http://www.transitions.com/en-us/coa-registration/ and follow the instructions on your Certificate of Authenticity. If you encounter any difficulties, please call Transitions Optical Customer Service at 1-800-533-2081 and someone will help register your lenses for you.


Xperio UV™ Polarized Sun Lenses Product Questions

What are the benefits of Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses?

Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses protect against UV damage, glare, scratches, smudges, dust, and water for the best vision under the sun.


How do I know if I have Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses?

Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses are supplied from the manufacturing laboratory with an Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses Certificate of Authenticity (COA) card. To ensure your receipt of genuine Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses, the COA card includes product registration information and an Xperio UV lenses cleaning cloth. If you do not receive these items with your Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses, please consult your eyecare professional.    


What are the different Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses color options?

Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses are available in the Essilor® Sunwear Colors™ range of colors and gradients:



  • Gray Mist

  • Sienna Brown

  • Forest Gray

  • Grape

  • Plum

  • Emerald Blue

  • Gray Mist Gradient

  • Sienna Brown Gradient

  • Forest Gray Gradient

  • Grape Gradient

  • Plum Gradient

  • Emerald Blue Gradient


Additionally, there are seven classic colors available:



  • Gray 1

  • Gray 3

  • Brown 1

  • Brown 3

  • Gray-Green

  • Ruby

  • Copper



 


What are the different Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses mirror options?

Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses mirrors are available in Gold, Silver, and Blue.


You can apply any mirror to any of the colors available to customize your look.


Are Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses heavier or thicker than regular sun lenses?

The treatment that delivers the exceptional performance of Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses is very thin—thinner than a strand of hair. The actual thickness and weight of your glasses is a function of the lens material and prescription.


Related Products

Can I get Transitions® Light Intelligent Lenses with Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses?

No, Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are designed to be a clear lens replacement. Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses lenses are a dedicated outside solution that allows you to have glare-free vision outside, while still providing maximum UV protection and ultimate durability.    


Can I get Varilux progressive lenses with Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses?

Yes, Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses are compatible with most lenses, including many Varilux progressive lenses. Learn more here.


CLEANING MY LENSES

How do I clean my Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses?

The best way to clean your lenses is by first rinsing your lenses under warm, running water to remove any sandy/gritty debris, then cleaning with a mild liquid dishwashing soap to remove facial oils, rinsing with water, and drying with a soft cotton cloth. Finish by polishing your lenses with the microfiber Xperio UV cleaning cloth provided to you. You can also use the Xperio UV cloth for touch-up cleaning throughout the day when it is not convenient to wash the lenses. The super hydrophobic properties of Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses facilitate the removal of smudges, dust, dirt, and fingerprints easily.


Can I get Varilux® progressive lenses with Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses?

Yes, Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses Anti-Glare technology is compatible with most lenses and always compatible on Varilux progressive lenses. Learn more about Varilux progressive lenses


How do I clean my Xperio UV cleaning cloth?

Cleaning cloths can be washed on the gentle cycle in the washer or hand-washed. We recommend that you do not use any laundry additives (such as fabric softener) which could leave a residue on the cloth. Ask your eyecare professional about purchasing additional cleaning cloths, if needed.


Can I use alcohol to clean my lenses?

Occasional use of alcohol on Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses will not be harmful. However, we do not recommend daily use of alcohol.


What do I do if I have hair spray or paint on my lenses?

If you cannot remove the hair spray with a mild detergent soap and running water, we recommend taking your lenses to your eyecare professional for evaluation and removal of the hair spray or paint from your lenses.


Can I use a lens cleaner?

Any commercially prepared lens cleaner formulated to be used with anti-reflective lenses can be used with Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses.


Other Questions

Can I keep my sunglasses in the car?

It is not advisable to store sunglasses in your automobile (e.g., leaving them on the dashboard of your car), especially in warmer climates. It will potentially damage your lenses and frames.


Are Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses sold in other countries?

Xperio UV polarized prescription sunglasses are unique to the United States. This is the U.S. website and the information pertains to products sold in the United States. For information about other countries, contact us.


EYEZEN™ Enhanced Single Vision Lenses

What are Eyezen Enhanced Single Vision Lenses?

Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses are an everyday pair of lenses, enhanced to provide comfort and protection for people who are on smartphones, tablets, and computers for hours at a time. Learn more. 


How do I know I have Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses?

Genuine Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses are available through your eyecare professional. Consult with your eyecare professional if you have any questions about authenticity. 


What are the different Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses options?

Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses are available in three options: Eyezen 1, Eyezen 2, or Eyezen 3. Ask your eyecare professional what design is best for you.


What are the visual benefits of Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses?

Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses help to defend against strain on the eyes from extended use of digital devices. They also block at least 20% of Harmful Blue Light emitted from phones, tablets, televisions, computers, and more.


What is the warranty on Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses?

Warranties on Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses vary among eyecare professionals, so be sure to ask your eyecare professional about his/her specific coverage and policies.


EYEZEN Enhanced Single Vision Lenses PROTECTION

Do Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses block Blue Light?

Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses block at least 20% of Harmful Blue Light rays. Our precision-engineered lenses let beneficial Blue-Turquoise Light pass through while deflecting a significant amount of the dangerous Blue Light.


What is Blue Light?

Blue Light is part of the visible light spectrum. It comes from the sun, as well as artificial light sources like digital screens and fluorescent lights. This type of light gets absorbed deep in the eye, making it one of the most intense forms of visible light to humans.


Why do I need protection from Blue Light?

Harmful Blue Light may contribute to the development of certain eye conditions and is believed to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration.


EYEZEN Enhanced Single Vision Lenses ENHANCEMENTS

What is digital eye strain?

The small type and pixelated images on digital devices force our eyes to work harder in order to focus. This can be hard on your eyes and may cause digital eye strain—even if you don’t currently wear glasses.


What causes eye strain?

Eye strain can occur when eyes get tired from intense use. One of the most common causes of eye strain is looking at a computer screen for extended periods of time—known as digital eye strain.


How does Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses combat eye strain?

Although your eyes are capable of focusing on screens all day, they really weren’t designed for hours and hours of up-close focusing day after day. Eyezen enhanced single vision lenses are enhanced to do some of the work for your eyes—resulting in less eye strain.


CLEANING MY LENSES

OTHER QUESTIONS

How often should I have my eyes checked and when should I replace my lenses?

Your eyesight and vision are critical to your overall health and well-being. It is recommended that you have a comprehensive eye exam annually and consult your eyecare professional on the best lens option for you.


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