Today, I am writing to celebrate the last year I’ve spent with my glasses and the upcoming year. I’ve re-subscribed to Transitions lenses with an updated prescription. I’ve worn my transitional lenses more than any other pair of glasses I’ve owned, especially because I know I won’t be annoyed by the glare of the sun. I truly love them and encourage my friends to reconsider a very poorly advertised option on the glasses playing field.
A year ago, I figured I would give Transitions a go, especially since I was taking several drops that made my post-surgery eye very sensitive to light. Plus, I wasn’t going to be able to wear contacts for the next 1-2 months. Which also meant not comfortably being able to wear actual sunglasses. This was startling, especially since I don’t own any prescription sunglasses either.
Once I decided to make the plunge, I strategically mapped out how I was going to do this (the right way). I had always hated seeing transitions on people in the past, I thought it was super dorky. But then I realized that whenever I saw transition lenses, they were typically placed into small wire rectangle/oval shaped glasses typically worn by your father or grandfather.
To counteract the stigma of old people and out of date glasses that are associated with transitions, I decided to opt for a different approach. Here are the steps I took.
1. Go to your local glasses retailer (I went to my all-time favorite and super accessible, Lenscrafters. They can make your lenses in about an hour.)
2. Pick out a few pairs of sunglasses you really like. This allows you to see what the “transitioned” transitions lenses would look like in direct sunlight. (I’m currently on year 2 with this pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses frames)
3. Pop out all the lenses, try them all on, and pick the best frames that also double as normal eyewear.
4. Now you have your perfect transitional lenses… not too weird, kind of cool, sometimes very rock star-y (when partially faded!), and hopefully not too Matrix-y. If you struggle to find a pair of sunglasses you like for this method, then you should then look into regular frames that are on the larger side. Picking larger lenses prevents you from looking like this…
So now you know how to do it differently (or basically a million times better). But you're probably asking yourself why? I cannot tell you how many times I have been complimented on my glasses, indoors, outdoors, and both. There really is a way to get transitions into your life without committing a style crime. Transitions are also REALLY GOOD FOR YOU. They block out 100% of UVA and UVB rays. And on the bright side (indeed, pun intended), they fit any age, prescription, and frame.
For those worried about the fading time, it goes by extremely quickly when you step indoors, and once you are indoors, they go completely clear. I never notice the fading changes unless I walk past a mirror after entering a building. As for color choices, you can choose from gray/black (what I wear), brown, and ~graphite green~ nowadays. Your choices aren’t nearly as limited or pedophile looking as these beauties were in the 90’s. So if you’re curious, take a stab at it. I urge you.