Four Big Take Aways From Transitions Academy

Blue Light from the Sun is 100 Times Stronger Than from Digital Devices

Wearing Transitions lenses protects your eyes from harmful blue light from digital devices, but blue light from the sun is 100 times stronger than from your phone, TV, or computer screen. Per the white paper “How Transitions Lenses Filter Harmful Blue Light by Gilles Baillet and Bérangère Granger, “Laboratory experiments showed that blue light is harmful and particularly it has been demonstrated that exposure to blue violet light with a maximum peak centered on 435+/- 20 nm can induce irreversible cell death in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) located in the external layer of the retina.” The paper goes on to show a close relationship with exposure to blue light from the sun and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly.    

Young Children Are the Most At-Risk Group from Blue Light

The first reason for this is intuitive. In general, children spend more time outside than adults. During the school day, they may go outside at recess one or two times. When they get home from school, children like to play outside as well. The second reason is physiological. As we age the crystalline lens of the eye will slightly yellow, which will absorb some blue light, but young children have a very clear crystalline lens. Children also have a larger pupil diameter than adults. All of this means that 65% of blue light reaches the retina of a child. Contrast that with 40% for adults. 

As parents, many of us know how hard it can be to get kids to wear sunglasses, but if your child wears prescription glasses you have an advantage. Putting your child in Transitions lenses will protect their eyes not only from UV light, but also from harmful blue light. In fact, Transitions Signature VII lenses filter 20% of blue light indoors and 85% outdoors. Transitions XTRActive lenses filter 34% of blue light indoors and 88% of blue light outdoors. 

Enhance Your Style by Wearing Transitions Lenses 

Fashionistas love pairing them with modern Frame Styles. There was an entire class devoted to this the topic at academy this year. It was given by my stylish friend and fellow optician Sheena Taff of Roberts and Brown Opticians in Vancouver, Canada. She and Dr. Darryl Glover, another friend of mine who is an OD and one of the founders of Defocus Media gave the presentation. 

For my part, I have always loved the look of pairing Signature Brown with various shades of tortoise shell and buffalo horn eyewear, but my recent favorite combo has been to put the Signature Graphite Green color in a stylish looking aviator.      

Transitions Lenses Are Wearable Technology For Everyone

The idea that your glasses will adjust and change from clear to dark based on your environment to keep your eyes comfortable and protected is not new but is still quite an amazing concept. Just think about that for a moment. It is wearable technology. The molecules in the photochromic layer realign themselves when exposed to UV light. This is called a photochemical reaction and it creates that magical effect of changing from clear to dark as one moves from inside to outside. Everyone should take advantage of the brilliance of this technology not only to protect their eyes, but to look stylish too. 

Daniel Brunson, A.B.O.C.
Hicks Brunson Eyewear