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Learning About Responsive Lenses

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We all know how the struggle goes. You’re wearing your glasses inside, and as you head outside into the damaging UV light, you realize you forgot your sunglasses or you don’t have any. You immediately start to squint and shade your eyes with your hand so that you can see. At My Eyelab, we’ve got the solution to that problem – Responsive Lenses!

Responsive Lenses are the essential 2 in 1 product. These lenses are designed to darken when they become exposed to any sort of UV light, and then become clear once you go back inside or they aren’t exposed to UV light.

What are Responsive Lenses?

When a lens is referred to as a responsive lens, it refers to the lenses ability to react to UV light. When the lenses are worn inside, they are clear – as soon as you step outside, and exposed to any sort of UV light, the lenses will darken. The brighter the UV light, the darker the lens becomes. Within the first 15 minutes of stepping outside, the responsive lenses will block out 80% of the harmful UV rays.  Purchasing responsive lenses help reduce the cost of having to purchase two different pieces of eyewear. Responsive Lenses give you the benefit of eyeglasses and sunglasses in one. The lens tints are available in a variety of colors to  match your personal style.

Advantages to Responsive Lenses

  • They help reduce eye strain and fatigue indoors and squinting in the sunlight.
  • Responsive lenses help reduce glare by regulating the amount of natural light that your eyes are exposed to.
  • Light sensitivity is reduced. The tints adjustment to UV exposure helps in reducing the risk of cataracts and age-related eye conditions.
  • They can be applied to a variety of lenses such as bifocals, single and progressive lenses.
  • As stated before, purchasing responsive lenses helps save money, as you don’t need to purchase separate prescription sunglasses and eyeglasses.
  • With responsive lenses, your view will appear clearer, and crisper and colors will appear more vivid in sunlight.

Disadvantages of Responsive Lenses

  • Responsive lenses tend to not be as effective inside a car because the windshield blocks out UV rays that are necessary for the lens to respond.
  • If you’re taking a picture outside, your eyes may not be visible in the picture since the lens will darken once outside.
  • Responsive lenses may not be the best option for someone who is sensitive to light.
  • It may take longer for the lens to transition back to clear when going back inside and not being exposed to UV light.


If you’re looking to save money and keep your style, responsive lenses are the answer you were looking for! Stop by a My Eyelab location near you and purchase your responsive lenses!

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