Photochromic lenses are glasses that change from clear in shaded area to tinted in sunlight. Photochromic lenses are available in:

  • Regular glass
  • Hi-index glass
  • Regular plastic
  • Hi-index plastic
  • Mid-index plastic

Today’s modern technology provides a longer-lasting more consistent color lens. These lenses will gradually lose their darkening and lightening ability because of exposure to the suns rays. All of the photochromic lenses share these features:

  • Block potentially harmful UVB
  • Heat will effect how dark the lenses will become in light
  • May not clear completely in fluorescent light
  • They are not as effective as sunglasses behind the windshield of a car
  • Each lens darkens differently depending on the power of the lens


You may be a candidate for photochromic lenses if you:

  • Spend a lot of time outdoors
  • Are looking for a new fashion trend – photohromics come in a variety of styles and colors
  • Wear contact lenses and need a practical solution for backup glasses
  • are a busy executive looking for a convenient eyeglass/sunglasses solution.
  • are a busy parent looking for a convenient multi-purpose lens.


A few of the most common reasons people choose photochromic lenses are:

  • Convenience – Never have to switch between glasses and sunglasses again.
  • Comfort – Never get caught without sunglasses on a bright day.
  • Cosmetics – Photochromics look good and fit everyone’s lifestyle
  • Cost – Purchase one set of glasses to serve as both glasses and sunglasses