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Everything You Need to Know about Transitions Lenses

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I have many patients in my practice who can benefit from Transitions® lenses.

I often receive a lot of questions from current and potential wearers regarding the lens offerings and technology. It is important to stay up-to-date as technology continues to expand and improve.

Are you remembering to recommend Transitions® lenses to your patients? Are you aware of all the latest options and technology involved in Transitions® lenses?

In order to best meet the needs of your patients, you must determine their visual demands, occupation, hobbies, and interests.

Types of Transitions Lenses

1. Transitions® Signature® 7

  • Fully clear indoors and darken outdoors
  • Block 100% of UVA and UVB light
  • Available in grey, brown, and graphite green

What type of patient would I recommend this for?

I routinely recommend these lenses for teenagers. The graphite green tend to be well-received for a unique and fashion-forward look. Stylistically, larger ophthalmic frames are in style so the addition of Transitions enhances the look!

2. Transitions® Vantage

  • Variable polarization
  • Block 100% UVA and UVB light
  • Available in grey with certain types of lenses

What type of patient would I recommend these for?

I would recommend these for more hobby driven activities like riding motorcycles or hunting.

3. Transitions® XTRActive®

  • Extra dark outdoors with a hint of tint indoors to protect against harsh indoor lighting
  • Darken behind windshield to protect from sunlight

What type of patient would I recommend these for?

Transitions® XTRActive® are my number one go-to for most patients.

I find that many patients want their glasses to darken while driving. This is a key prescribing point! The slight tint is also helpful with the bright light from computer monitors.

Children are 3x more susceptible to sun damage so it’s important they wear sun protection. Just like sunscreen is vital to the skin, children should have UV protection every time they are outside. Transitions are perfect for when children are out on the playground or participating in outdoor activities!

Transitions Lens Technology

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Photochromic Technology

  • Unique dyes made of molecules that constantly recalibrate as light changes
  • Reactive to direct light and indirect light
  • Darken more in cold climates

Variable Polarization

  • Increased polarization as they darken
  • Darken and align to create pattern of horizontal lines to cut intense glare
  • Crisper, sharper vision outside

Blue Light Blocking

In the past few years, we have learned a lot about the dangers of harmful blue emitted from different indoor and outdoor sources such as digital devices and the sun.

Did you know ALL Transitions® lenses block harmful blue light? Click to Tweet
  • Transitions® Signature® 7 lenses block at least 20% of all indoor sources of blue light and over 85% of outdoor sources.
  • Transitions® XTRActive® lenses provide even more protection; they block at least 34% of indoor sources of blue light and over 88% of outdoor sources.
  • Transitions® Vantage™ lenses block at least 34% of all indoor sources of blue light and over 85% of outdoor sources.
All Transitions lenses help protect your eyes from harmful blue light both indoors and outdoors!

Common Patient Questions and How I Address Them

  1. Do Transitions lenses replace sunglasses?
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    No, transitions lenses are not a substitute for sunglasses. They are substitute for clear lenses, and like clear lenses, are best with an anti-reflective treatment. Sunglasses are still necessary for extended time in the sun and various activities.

  2. How long does it take for the lenses to return to clear? The time for transformation is dependent on temperature and product. However, from the darkest tint to clear in normal indoor temperatures is about two and a half minutes.
  3. What color will they be?I usually show patients typical sunglass lenses to demonstrate the darkest tint. The demonstration kits are the best visual!
I find demonstration of the lens colors and activation in front of patients is key to presentation! Ask your lab rep if your office does not have a demonstration kit!

Tips for Eye Care Professionals

  1. Educate and offer Transitions lenses to your patients and explain the technology around them.
  2. Many vision plans offer Transitions lenses with a co-pay or may cover this entirely. Make sure your patients understand this.
  3. Do your research. My Transitions rate has tripled over the past year since I’ve gained a better understanding of the technology, and I have not had a single patient who has not liked them.
  4. Transitions lenses offers to remake the lenses within 30 days if patients are not completely happy per their website.
  5. Recommend not only a specific type of Transitions lens for each patient, but recommend a color option based on frame selection and style!
Visit Transitions Professional site for more information.
Don’t forget to educate your patients on the benefits of other various lens options and lens treatments like polarized lens technology.
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About Courtney Dryer

Courtney Dryer
Courtney Dryer is a 2011 graduate of SCO. She opened 4 Eyes Optometry in her hometown of Charlotte, NC in February of 2013. In addition to consulting with new graduate optometrists on start-up practices, she contributes regularly to New Grad Optometry and has guest blogged for Invision Magazine. The unique design of her boutique practice was featured in Women in Optometry. In 2015, Vision Monday named her a Rising Star, and one of the most influential women in optical.

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