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Old 01-15-2014, 11:41 AM   #1
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Seeking opinions on transitions lenses for eyeglasses

It's time for me to get new eyeglasses, and I'd like to do some research before I go to the optical store. I'm considering transitions lenses which I've never had before. For those of you who have them, can you tell me if there are any issues you don't like about them? Would you get them again? For those of you who decided against them, why did you make that decision? And does anyone have any advice on eyeglass shopping? By the way, I will be getting progressive lenses (which I've had in all my previous eyeglasses). I thank you all.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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Ronnie, I have always gotten transition lenses since decades ago when they first came out and were called photogreys.

I love them. Anytime I step out in bright sun, it is only a matter of seconds before they turn into sunglasses. I've also read you are a lot less likely to get cataracts if you use them.

The only down side is that when you have been outside in bright sunlight, it takes a few minutes for them to lighten up so you can see well inside.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:19 PM   #3
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Hi! I tried transition lenses last time I got new glasses. Did not know and was not told about it taking a few minutes for them to lighten back up when coming indoors. Couldn't get use to that and ended up taking them back and getting replacement just regular lenses and a pair of prescription sunglasses which I rarely wear.

I found some sunglasses made to wear over regular glasses at Walgreens and bought two pair of those-one to wear when doing outside chores and another prettier pair to wear other times.

Good luck in your glasses shopping.

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Old 01-15-2014, 08:56 PM   #4
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I have them and like them. Mine aren't as dark as regular sunglasses and they don't shade as much of my eyes because of their style, but it is certainly better than nothing. They take a few minutes to clear up when I go inside, but that isn't really a bug deal to me.
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:56 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your comments. Right now I'm leaning away from getting them due to two points that you guys brought up: 1. It takes several minutes to lighten up after coming inside, and 2) The glasses don't really protect your entire eye like a pair of sunglasses would. I like the idea of buying glasses to go over my prescription glasses, as long as they are attractive. Thank you again.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:11 PM   #7
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Ronnie, You can get prescription sunglasses they are especially great for driving.
Go to a place where they do two for one, that's how I got mine.

Good questions as I too was wondering about the transition lenses. Question answered.
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I should probably add that I wear contacts and regular sunglasses if I am going to be outside for any length of time.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:33 PM   #9
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I just ordered the eyeglasses without the transitions lenses. I never bought glasses so fast before...they were the first pair I tried on. It's hard to see exactly how you look since I need my glasses for that, but they looked good to me so I bought them. I wonder if it's sign that I'm getting old....it used to take me forever to pick out glasses. Thank you all for your comments!

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