Familiar is nice, right? It makes us feel comfortable, even safe. But familiar doesn’t always mean better. Think of those old sneakers you can’t bear to part with. They’re spotted with holes, cling to wafer thin soles, and lost any kind of functional support sometime around the last election. Still, you reach for them on a daily basis despite nagging ankle pain, sore shins, and a left big toe that goes numb after traversing a distance greater than your street corner.
Sometimes recommending a light-reactive lens can be like reaching for those old kicks – more a product of familiarity than performance. And like a worn-down pair of shoes, dated, conventional photochromics can leave the wearer wanting and needing a lot more. Fortunately, there’s no need to continue dispensing them.
Overcoming Old Problems with New Photochromic Technology
Advances in photochromic technology have made it possible to overcome many of the traditional complaints that conventional products can’t resolve. Chief among those complaints is slow fade back. It’s a decades-old issue that wasn’t solved until recently.
In 2018 the first ultra-fast light-reactive lenses were made available with the launch of SunSync Elite. These groundbreaking light-reactive lenses finally allowed eye care professionals to discuss fade-back speed in seconds, rather than minutes. Many ECPs immediately adopted ultra-fast light-reactive lenses to appease unsettled patients or bring ex-photochromic wearers back. They were equally quick to offer their feedback on the new technology when given the chance.
7 Facts that Support A Change from Familiar to Phenomenal
The combination of technical innovation, product performance, and peer-validated satisfaction offer seven solid reasons to take the leap and embrace the newer, faster, more advanced light-reactive lens over your old, familiar go-to:
1. t½F of SunSync Elite in polycarbonate is 53 seconds at 73.4°F.
2. 2015 and 2016 Consumer Photochromic Perceptions Surveys conducted by VSP Optics.
3. In independent testing, SunSync® Elite fades from fully activated to 52.9% T in 40 seconds compared to 52.9 % T in 120 seconds for Transitions® Signature® Gen 8™. Testing conducted in Polycarbonate to ISO 8980-3 standard.
4. 2019 SunSync Elite ECP Satisfaction Survey.
5. SunSync Elite exhibited superior clarity, darkness, and photochromic change speeds after Q-SUN simulated aging tests equivalent to two years of average wear.
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