Do you wear corrective lenses? If so, you know that there are many instances where you find yourself wearing glasses out and about instead of contacts. While on the go during the day, the environment changes around you as the sun changes position in the sky, sometimes calling for a pair of shades.

But when you have glasses on, using sunglasses becomes clunky or completely ruled out. Wearing sunglasses over your prescription eyewear looks and feels awkward, and there are several individuals who have a specific prescription preventing them from having the option of contacts.

For these reasons, the benefits of photochromic lenses on your prescription eyewear are vast. So what are photochromic lenses exactly, how do they work, and why should an individual with prescription eyewear consider utilizing them? Carson Optical is here to answer these questions!

The Concept of Photochromic Lenses

The term ‘photochromic’ describes the property of a lens that transitions or adapts to varying levels of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. Designed exclusively to shield your eyes from both UVA and UVB rays emitted by harsh midday sunlight, once exposed to these rays, the lenses themselves darken to a shade found in sunglass lenses.

Because the sun changes throughout the day, photochromic lenses do as well. For example, depending on the angle and intensity of the sun, photochromic lenses darken or lighten, adapting to your environment. In a sunny state like Florida, midday sun transitions these adaptive lenses to the darkest shade while sunset slowly begins to lighten them.

In addition to darkening and lightening, photochromic lenses reduce and even eliminate glare while you wear them. The photochromic molecules that are composed in these lenses battle traditional glare that occurs through a regular pair of lenses.

Boundless Benefits in Style and Safety

The question remains: why should an individual purchase a pair of eyeglasses that have photochromic lenses? There are two major reasons, and much like several things in life, there is a form and function to these adaptive tools.

In the medical industry, function is first. In this case, function refers to safety and protection against the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun. Whether it be light reflected off objects or a sharp glare from glass, your eyes are delicate and your vision can very easily be damaged by these occurrences, more quickly than most realize.

On the other hand, form has to do with style, though that too can impact your eye health. When an individual wearing glasses has to put sunglasses over them, many feel silly and opt out altogether, putting their vision in harm’s way. Photochromic lenses instantly remove that cumbersome need, protecting your eyes in style!

Quality Eyewear

For those located in the Tampa area, Carson Optical is dedicated to providing quality eyewear at an affordable cost for all those who have special vision needs.

To explore their selection of frames and lenses or to schedule a vision screening, visit their website or call 813-681-3863 to schedule your appointment.