Tried & Tested: Seeing in a new light

Transitions lenses go from dark to light in the blink of an eye. — Hoya Transitions

When Transitions lenses are exposed to UV light, trillions of photochromic molecules in the lens begin to change structure. This reaction is what causes the lenses to darken ... well, that’s what it says on Transitions’ official website. But I am usually sceptical when it comes to what I believe is essentially marketing spiel.

So it was a great surprise when I took up the offer to test out a pair of Transitions lenses for myself.

My eyesight has fluctuated so much since I turned 40 – the biggest problem I have is that I keep having to remove my glasses every time I have to read something.

The no.2 most annoying thing about wearing glasses is that I can’t pick up a pair of sunnies as and when I please and don them so I look cool out in those scorching streets. Eye fatigue and blinding glare are other nagging complaints I seem to have.

So two months ago, I decided I’d get a pair of Jill Stuarts (rather chic looking ones too, I might add) and fit them not only with Hoya’s multifocal lenses, but also Transitions Signature photochromic technology.

This new tech promises greater adaptability to different types of lighting conditions. Developed from the latest Chromea7 technology and tested with exclusive measurement methodology – Transitions Signature provides a superior and more comfortable wearing experience for all lens wearers. More marketing spiel? I’ll tell you my findings after three weeks of using these lenses.

For the uninitiated, Transitions lenses change shades based on the lighting conditions around you – so if you’re outside facing the sun, the lenses automatically get darker, and once you’re inside, they adapt to the lighting indoors. The lenses are meant to work in such a way that your eyesight remains at an optimum level.

I was worried about the fade back speed – I’ve seen many people step indoors after being under the bright sunlight and their glasses remain dark. However, with this new pair, I have not had any problems at all.

The glasses are fully clear indoors, and they adapt very quickly to changes in lighting. I am especially pleased when I have to drive into underground carparks. I no longer have to switch from sunglasses to normal specs, all while fumbling with my Touch ’n Go card and figuring out how to manoeuvre in those crazily designed carparks we have here (has anyone else noticed how terribly car parks are designed?).

I’ve at least eliminated one problem – the glasses do their magic all by themselves, and go from dark to light in a matter of seconds. I have become so used to them changing shades, I don’t even notice I am going from outdoors to indoors anymore.

Apparently the lenses also block 100% of UVA and UVB rays which is a double bonus for me as I have sensitive skin. So this means the area around my eyes, as well as my eyes, are well protected.

All said, I am very pleased with my Transition lenses. I’m not sure how they look to others – as in, do they take a long time to change colour and do I look odd when I walk into a building (ie: why is she wearing sunglasses in here?), but thus far I have not received any negative feedback.

Quite frankly, my eyes feel less tired at the end of the day as well, and there’s no more squinting when the sun does its best to beat me. And so, it gets a thumbs up from me.

Transitions is available in most optical shops nationwide. For more information go to

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