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Wear contact lenses and bothered by sunlight? Transitions contact lenses can help.

Photochromic sunglasses have been around for years. Containing special lenses that darken in the sun and lighten when you’re indoors, they eliminate the need for separate pairs of glasses and sunglasses. Thankfully, there’s now a practical and effective solution for wearers of contact lenses who want the same convenience: Transitions contact lenses

How do Transitions contact lenses work?

Wearing Transitions contact lenses means you may no longer need to carry a pair of sunglasses with you. Your Transitions contact lenses will help to protect your eyes from the sun – as well as aid your vision.

“Transitions contact lenses perform similarly to Transitions spectacle lenses – they react to sunlight and go darker when you’re in the sun,” says Bupa optometrist Karen Makin.

But there’s one important caveat, says Makin: wearing Transitions contact lenses means more of your face is exposed to harmful UV light. “Because you don’t have sunglasses on, the rest of the area around your eyes is now exposed to the sun,” she says. “Wearers should use sunscreen – avoiding the direct eye area, of course – and wear a hat when possible to better protect their face from the sun’s rays.”

Who can wear Transitions contact lenses?

Transitions contact lenses are ideal for active, outdoorsy people who spend time in the sun, says Makin. “They took off in America and they’ve taken off in Australia as well,” she says.They are even popular among people who don’t wear prescription glasses. “Cyclists and runners who may not want to wear sunglasses are getting Transitions contact lenses,” says Makin. “They’re getting them with no prescription, but with the Transitions technology built in, which helps with sunlight.”

We are here to help, ask your optometrist if you have any questions about contact lenses or book a contact lens fit or refresh appointment today.