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Best Frames for Transition Lenses

Best Frames for Transition Lenses

Transition or photochromic lenses are a marvel of modern eyewear technology. These lenses double up as prescription glasses and sunglasses based on the intensity of sunlight. Thus, you get convenience and versatility.

Despite being around for several decades, Transitions' popularity has exploded recently - thanks to heightened awareness and recurring presence in mainstream media. If you are smitten by Transition lenses, just like us, and are looking for some frame suggestions, this blog is the best place to be!

A Brief on Transition or Photochromic Lenses

To begin with, Transition is the brand name for lenses that darken with UV exposure and thus double up as prescription spectacles and sunglasses. On the other hand, Transition lenses are based on photochromic technology, which is the generic name for such lenses.

Transition or photochromic lenses are designed to provide people with refractive correction and safety from sunlight via a single frame. If you wear prescription glasses, chances are that you have dealt with the annoyance of being under direct silent sunlight sans any sun protection. The sole way to safeguard your eyes is by switching to a pair of prescription sunglasses while outdoors.

The result is that you have to carry two pairs of eyeglasses - prescription spectacles for indoors and sunglasses for outdoors, and constantly switch between them as per your movement. However, Transition lenses offer a solution to the problem by doubling as both specs and shades.


The Photochromic Technology - A Beginner’s Guide

The lenses of photochromic glasses are embedded with molecules of silver halide and chloride. They react to the sun’s UV rays and remain. Thus, the lens remains clear and transparent unless it comes in contact with the sun.

However, when you wear photochromic or Transition glasses and move outdoors, the silver halide and chloride molecules on the lenses react with the sun’s UV rays, move around, change shape and absorb the light. Thus, the reaction changes the molecules and they darken to exude a sunglass shade or tint.

Likewise, the silver halide and chloride molecules will reverse the process when you are out of sunlight or UV rays. Thus, retraction to the original clear or transparent lens.

Therefore, Transitions or photochromic lenses are ideal for individuals who use prescription glasses, as they remain clear indoors and darken outside.

Want to know the pros and cons of transition glasses? Our blog would make for a fascinating read!

Best Frames for Transition Lenses - An Updated Guide

Best Frames for Transition Lenses

The adaptive technology of Transition or photochromic lenses can accommodate almost every frame, irrespective of their size, style and prescription. Thus, the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing the best frames for Transition glasses. However, knowing certain nitty-gritty of the frame selection process is always a good idea.


1. Optimal Frame Size for Transition Lenses

Optimal Frame Size for Transition Lenses

You can choose any frame size for Transition lenses. However, they work best with larger frames. Such silhouettes are compatible with indoor use while providing a large surface area to serve as sunglasses while outdoors.

Therefore, you can check out frame styles like aviators, oversized glasses, square glasses, and so forth. One pro tip while choosing large frames is that the top rim of its silhouette should not sit above your eyebrows, whereas the bottom rim should not sit on your cheek. If an oversized frame is doing this, it means that the silhouette is too large and you should size down.

2. Optimal Frame Colours for Transition Lenses

You have an array of options while choosing frame colours for Transition or Photochromic lenses. You can play around with monochrome colourways, colour blocking, and so forth. Sounds interesting, right? Well, let us dabble into it.


  • The Monochromatic Way
  • The Monochromatic Way

    A simple and easy way of choosing the best frame colour for your Transition lenses is by taking the monochromatic trajectory. This means that you can match the lens colour or tint with the frame colour. The method is great for neutrals, such as brown, black or grey Transition lenses.

    For instance, Transition lenses come in a range of tints, which reveal themselves while exposed to sun rays. For instance, Specscart’s Transitions Signature Gen 8 is available in 7 unique tints, including green, emerald, sapphire, grey, etc.

    Depending on the lens tint you have chosen, simply choose a similar frame colour. To add a layer of oomph to the monochromatic route, you can also play around with tortoiseshell frames. For example, a grey-marble tortoiseshell eyeglass frame would look amazing with a grey-tinted Transition lens.


  • Colour Blocking with Contrast Hues
  • Colour Blocking with Contrast Hues

    The second and rather bold way to choose the best frame colour for Transition Lenses is by taking the colour-blocking route. In the language of fashion, colour blocking means an entity or item with contrasting blocks of colours, usually solids and vibrant hues.

    Colours opposite of each other on the colour are complementary to one another and produce a vivacious and striking combination. You can apply this method while choosing the frame colour for your Transition lens.

    For instance, Specscart’s Transitions Xtractive lenses come in three special tints - grey, brown and green. So, you can choose a frame colour that is in stark contrast to these colours. If your choice is a green Transitions tint, then choosing a red or maroon frame will create a striking and exquisite contrast.

    Similarly, if you are opting for a brown-tinted Transition lens, then you can choose a vibrant blue frame. Brown and blue are on the opposite side of the colour wheel and offer a muted yet aesthetic colour-blocking look.


  • Colour Blocking with Analogous Hues
  • Colour Blocking with Analogous Hues

    The third and rather eccentric way to choose the right frame colour for Transition lenses is by colour-blocking with analogous hues. Simply put, analogous colours are groups of three hues that are next to each other on the colour wheel. For instance, blue, dark green and light green are neighbouring colour schemes. They complement each other very well and exude a picturesque and soothing appeal.

    In recent times, using analogous colours has risen in fashion. They help create a cohesive outfit and you can play around with the vivacity of the look. It is possible to combine incredibly vibrant and equally muted looks with analogous colour blocking.

    For instance, Specscart’s Zeiss PhotoFusion X Transition lenses come in three special tints - grey, brown and tint. You can choose a yellow frame or a vibrant beige tortoiseshell frame with a green-tinted Transition lens for analogous colour-blocking.

    Likewise, if you are an amethyst lens tint from the Transitions Signature Gen 8 range, then a blue frame will help create a cohesive and striking analogous colour block.

3. Transparent or Clear Frames

If you are a fan of clear glasses frames, then it is great news, as these go well with Transition lenses too. Completely translucent frames pair well with any Transition lens colour. The transparency of the frames ensures that you can choose an incredibly bold and loud lens tint without worrying about creating complementary or contrasting colourways.


Key Takeaways

So, there we have it, a crisp overview of the best frames for Transition lenses. The best part about choosing frames for Transition glasses is that the sky is the limit. The colours, frame styles, sizes, etc available and compatible with Transition lenses are nearly limitless.

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