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Transitions Contact Lenses: How They Work

You might have been skeptical the first time you saw what Transitions contact lenses proposed to do: adapting to changes in light. Sure, glasses can do that. It’s been that way for 40 years—or at least pushing it. But contact lenses? No way. It is true though—Transitions contact lenses are indeed a thing. Here’s how they work.

What are Transitions?

Developed under the brand ACUVUE, Transitions contact lenses adapt to changes in light, providing blue light filtration and blocking some UV rays. Touted as the pioneer in lens technology, these contacts offer “light intelligent technology” to users. But what does that mean anyway?

How Transitions work

When we think of transitioning lenses, we often think of transition sunglasses. These sunglasses work because their lenses are covered with millions of ultraviolet light-reactive molecules present in photochromic dyes. Once in contact with UV radiation, the lens becomes shaded because of the rays.

Transitions contact lenses, with the help of new technology, take a similar approach. With a polymer base, these contact lenses are loaded with dyes, filling its grid of molecular pores uniformly. This allows for seamless transition, whether indoors or out.

How Transitions help

Transitions contact lenses prove useful during virtually any time of day. During the daylight hours, these lenses scale down the stress light can have on your eyes. At nighttime, it diminishes starbursts and haloes while leaving your vision crisper and clearer. And when it comes to bright light, transitions contact lenses can have your vision back to normal by up to five seconds sooner!


Making the switch to Transitions contact lenses can be night and day for your vision—quite literally! If you’re ready to make the transition, we can help with that at Mississippi Eye Care. Swing by one of our locations and give them a try! Plus, we’re offering convenient curbside pickup for contacts and glasses as we navigate through COVID-19. For more on contact lenses—and really everything eye-related—our blog’s a resource you’ll want to check out!