Are transition lenses any good? Worth...

Are transition lenses any good? Worth the extra $60?

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need glasses

Versailles, KY

#1 Nov 16, 2010
I have had the same pair of glasses for about 5 years now. I was looking at getting some new ones and just out of curiosity I asked the guy at the Wal-Mart vision center about the transition lenses. I was surprised that basically just add $60 to the price of the glasses you were looking at and thats what it would cost to get transition lenses instead of regular.

The only bad things I have heard about transitions lenses is that they can peel. I asked about this and was told that transition lenses used to just basically be something that you stuck on the regular lens the same way you put tint on a car window. They said thats not a problem now because they don't use that method anymore, he said now they treat the actual lens so there is nothing to peel.

So, I would appreciate anyone who has transition lenses to tell me what you think of them and whether or not you would buy them again.

Since: Nov 10

Social Circle, GA

#2 Nov 16, 2010
I have a pair of transition lenses and I will not buy them again. Several reasons -- when you come in from the outside it takes a LONG time to go back to regular classes. When you walk into a store it is hard to see for a few minutes. Secondly, They don't darken behind a windshield -- so if you are driving in the sun they aren't much help. Not bad glasses, I just didn't care for those two things. Hope this helps.
not impressed

Olive Hill, KY

#3 Nov 16, 2010
Mine don't darken as much as I thought they would in the direct sunlight and as the above person said they don't work in your car. I don't think it was money well spent personally.
same here

Morehead, KY

#4 Nov 16, 2010
have had two pair and never again, after a while they wont go back to clear, and with my eye condition they need to and they dont get dark enough especially when in a car, and I need that too You re way better off going for a buy one get one like I did and getting a pair of sunglesses or get the sunglass clip that fits on your glasses they make them for your frame and just go on really easy and off really easy, have had those too If you really need sunglasses dont waste money on transitions!
need glasses

Grayson, KY

#5 Nov 16, 2010
Well, I am not sure what I am going to do. I called and got some prices.

1. Glasses with Transition lenses with cheapest possible frame and appointment to get current prescription. Price:$170

2. One pair of regular glasses with the cheapest possible frame AND a pair of prescription sunglasses with the cheapest possible frame and the appointment. Price:$192

3. One pair of regular glasses with the cheapest possible frames that come with the clip on sunglasses and the appointment.$215

I am really only considering the first two. Who would have thought that it would cost more to get the ones with clip on than to get a whole other pair of glasses?

Out of these options which would you do?

Olive Hill, KY

#6 Nov 16, 2010
has them for 60$

Dunmor, KY

#7 Nov 16, 2010
I have a pair and don't like them, they have a glare in the sunlight that normal glasses or shades don't have.
need glasses

Grayson, KY

#8 Nov 16, 2010
Walmart has them for $60 MORE than regular. It isn't $60 total.

Olive Hill, KY

#9 Nov 16, 2010
Yes You buy your glasses then for 60$ you can get the transitions added to them. The Transitions themselves are 60$ and you can also send your glasses in to get them replaced with it at well.
same here

Morehead, KY

#10 Nov 16, 2010
go to Lexington if u can!!!!! Dr Bizers has great deals on glasses and exams

but if u cant do that I would go for te two pair of glasses if sunglasses are needed! I am surprised how much the clips are, dont think there was that much of a difference when I got mine but that was several years ago, now I do the two pair and the sun glasses stay in the car

Morehead, KY

#11 Nov 16, 2010
Mine are great.
need glasses

Grayson, KY

#12 Nov 16, 2010
Leaning toward the Transitions, I have tinted windows in my car so the sun doesn't bother me too badly when I am driving and I really don't want to have to swap glasses all the time.

Morehead, KY

#13 Nov 16, 2010
need glasses wrote:
Leaning toward the Transitions, I have tinted windows in my car so the sun doesn't bother me too badly when I am driving and I really don't want to have to swap glasses all the time.
let us know how you do with them, very dark sunglasses are a must for me with my eye condition good luck

Versailles, KY

#14 Nov 17, 2010
My wife always liked hers, but she said they peeled so when she got new ones she got the ones with the clip on sunglasses. From what we have been told they the Transitions themselves do not peel, it is the anti-scratch coating that peels.

We both plan to probably give them a try on our next pair of glasses.

Lexington, KY

#15 Nov 19, 2010
I love mine...wouldn't have it any other way!!

Mifflinburg, PA

#16 Jan 14, 2012
i love my transitions, my son has seziures and his Dr recommended him to get them as well.
Bad Eyes

Hillsboro, KY

#17 Jan 17, 2012
Check out the new selection of "clip on" sun-glasses at Walmart. These are a new design, they are not the same as the ones sold many years ago.I think mine cost about $15, and are shaped almost exactly the same as my regular lens. I can use them while driving, and can easily remove them at anytime. This worked the best for me.

Cambridge, MA

#18 Mar 6, 2012
Of course, the problem with clip-ons is that you lose them (I've lost several). And the problem with a second pair is switching the glasses manually every time you go outside (I don't have time for that). Transitions definitely get dark enough for me, and I don't think I want them in the car, anyway. The tinted/UV windshield is already protecting your eyes.
alex weaver

Toronto, Canada

#19 Jul 10, 2012
transition lenses are great. Iv used them for several years, and I would recommend them to anybody. Sunglasses are a pain and so are clip ons.

Alto, GA

#20 Jul 10, 2012
I've had several pairs of transitions. They no longer peel & I have no problem with them changing back. What I really like is that if you are in harsh flourescent lighting, they stay tinted just a little to protect your eyes. Not so much that you can't see out of them but just a little. The problem a lot of people run into with plastic lenses of any kind is that they clean them with window cleaner. Over a period of time it really is hard on the lenses & causes them to yellow. What do I use? Dawn dish detergent & rinsed in plenty of water. Gets the oil off really well & they just shine.

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