The first photochromic lenses appeared in 1964, and quickly drew interest for their unique ability to darken in sunlight and fade back indoors. However, the first generation of photochromic lenses came with cosmetic and functional barriers – two of the largest being that it took them about an hour to fade and they never got fully clear.
Fast forward more than half a century, and the technology has greatly expanded, as have the types of light-reactive lenses available. Reaction speeds, darkness, clarity, and overall aesthetics have all improved greatly, and there are now four different types of light-reactive lenses available: standard, extra reactive, ultra-fast, and polarized.
Light-reactive lenses deliver perhaps the most widespread range of benefits of any lens or enhancement available. From the convenience factor to the visual benefits to the peace of mind of UV and blue light defense, these lenses are a perfect choice for most any patient. But, as is the case in the great balancing act of daily life, there is almost always a yin to the yang.
You’ve likely seen (or will see) different companies claiming their lenses or enhancements reduce a specific or fixed percentage of blue light. And you’ve probably noticed that SunSync Light-Reactive Lenses do not do that.
When you hear or read that a lens product filters 90% of blue light it may sound good, but it is in fact, misleading.
With a handful of exciting innovations and the portfolio’s increasing popularity among eye care professionals and patients in 2018, it’s no wonder so many ECPs tuned in to the SunSync Blog this past year.
But which posts caught the eyes of ECPs the most? Let’s count them down, starting from number five.
Winter is here. That means warm mugs of cocoa, frosty window panes, early sunsets, and dreams of hibernation.
But it also means a variety of optical challenges for your patients. Finding one lens to meet these diverse needs of the season has historically presented challenges for eye care professionals. However, a revolutionary, new category of light-reactive lenses now offers you and your patients a single solution, with specific benefits for each season.
Since its debut in March, SunSync Drive XT has generated a ton of interest from patients excited to learn more about this new, extra reactive lens that works in the car. We figure, if we’re getting inquiries, you probably are too. So, we’ve pulled together five of the most common questions we've received from patients and provided ready-to-use responses for each.
The word “workplace” can mean different things to different people. A recent shift to more gig economy jobs – or the kind of short-term, contracted, “be your own boss” jobs that are ticking up gradually – means the workplace can be anywhere. Even in your car.
Photochromics are a great choice for a variety of your patients. But sometimes, picking the right frame for a light-reactive lens can be a bit tricky. As an optician, your patients look to you to put them in a pair of glasses that fit right, suit their lifestyle, and of course, help them see better.
To help you help them, we asked 20-year optical veteran Chris Nichols, ABO, for her advice on selecting the ideal frame for a photochromic.
When most people think of UV exposure, their minds immediately go to skin damage. But UV exposure can do just as much, if not more damage to our eyes than it can to our skin, potentially leading to a variety of serious and irreversible conditions.
It’s winter and that means snowfall, skiing, snowboarding, and shoveling. But for those of us with eyes on the brain, it also means a lot of glare and reflected UV (ultraviolet) light. And that means it’s vital to remind patients about protecting their eyes.
Messages of UV protection are often reserved for appointments from May to June (depending on your zip code). But discussing UV in winter is equally important for several reasons.
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