Transition Contact Lenses Cape Coral

Yes! There is such a thing as transition contact lenses. Cape Coral residents can make an appointment to get this state-of-the-art lens technology at Elmquist Eye Group.

What are transition lenses?

Transition Contact Lenses Cape CoralTransition contact lenses have been FDA-approved since 2018. These transition contact lenses contain the same photochromatic additive found in transition eyeglasses. The contact lens will darken upon exposure to natural sunlight and become clear again a couple of minutes after stepping back indoors.

The lenses contain millions of photochromic molecules that change structure when exposed to UV light. It is this reaction that causes the lenses to darken. Keep in mind, however, that these lenses are not a substitute for sunglasses. You will still need a good pair of UV-protective sunglasses to wear in our hot Florida sun.

Typically, a patient can wear these lenses daily for up to 14 days. The same contact lens care is necessary with these lenses too, in order to prevent eye problems and possible infection. Many of our patients wear them when driving, and many tell us that their night driving is greatly improved because these lenses cut down on the halo or starburst patterns seen in oncoming headlights at night. These lenses also filter out blue light both indoors and outdoors.

Can I wear transition lenses?

Most people are candidates for transition contact lenses. Patients with past eye injuries or any eye disease may not be a candidate, and we also would not recommend contact lenses if you have an eye infection or any inflammation in or around the eye area. Some patients with severe dry eye or corneal abnormalities cannot wear these lenses.

The two most frequent questions we get from patients are:

  • What will these lenses look like when I wear them?
  • Are they safe?

Regarding how the lenses look, in normal indoor lighting the lenses will look clear or slightly tinted. Outdoors, the lenses darken. The lens technology is designed to ensure your eyes have a natural look, and the darkness of the lens fades very quickly once you are no longer in direct sunlight.

Regarding lens safety, the transition lenses filter not only non-visible UV light but also blue visible light which can be harmful to the eyes due to overexposure. If you are outdoors and the sky appears blue, that means blue light is being emitted. Furthermore, increased use of electronic devices and more screen time means increased indoor exposure to blue light. In short, blue light is everywhere. Transition lenses better protect against indoor blue light when compared to normal clear lenses, and outdoors, these lenses can offer eight times the protection of normal lenses.

In Cape Coral, transition lenses are available from the Elmquist Eye Group, a trusted team of physicians who have been serving southwest Florida for over two decades. Come in and see us today. Our amazing staff will answer all your questions about these incredible contact lenses. Come see us in Cape Coral or in our convenient Fort Myers location by scheduling your initial appointment today.