Changing Leaves Calls for Changing Lenses

fall-leaves-transitionsSummer’s gone, but cooler weather doesn’t mean that it’s time to put away those sunglasses. In fact, just the opposite.  The earth is closest to the sun in the winter months and the sun’s harmful UV rays double in intensity. Combine that with all the wonderful reasons we find to spend time outdoors now that the weather is cooler–from sporting events to fairs, leaf-raking to exercising–and you’ve got the right combination for the sun to wreak way more havoc on your eyes than it ever did when you were hiding inside last August. But, if you are like me seasonal allergies keep my contacts in their case, yet, carrying around two pairs of glasses is a lot of trouble.

Enter Transitions Lenses!

One pair of glasses that protect my eyes from the sun when it’s bright, and help me see when it’s night! I got my first pair of Transitions lenses a few years ago.  Candidly, I was skeptical.  I didn’t want to look like a goofball wearing sunglasses inside. Nor, did I want to be squinting to see while I waited for my lenses to darken.  I was amazed at how quickly and seamlessly the change happened. I didn’t even notice. The way it works is the photochromic lenses start to darken the second they are exposed to any UV light.  And once they darken, they block out 100% of the harmful UVA rays. They worked great — except for in one scenario. That is: driving! There were times when the sun would be beating right in on me, and my glasses just couldn’t seem to get dark enough. Then I discovered the problem. The fancy UV blockers in my car’s windshield kept my Transitions lenses from activating.  Since this was my only complaint with them, my optician suggested something brand new called DriveWear.

DriveWear Lenses

This is a high-tech solution for driving glasses lenses. DriveWear combines the technology of Transitions Lenses with the glare protection of polarized sunglass lenses to create a lens that responds to both visible and UV light.  Drivewear lenses are a cool way to make sure you always have squint-free sun protection with your prescription glasses. If changing lenses aren’t your style, remember that your best bet for great sunglasses is always your eye doctor’s office. The lenses in the cheap drugstore glasses may do more harm than good. Polarized lenses reduce glare and are a must have for outdoor enthusiasts. Ask your local optician to show you all the great options to find one that best suits your lifestyle.

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