It’s a Catch 22.  Sunglasses pose a hazard when playing sports, but how many goals have been missed, tackles scuppered and serves unreturned due to squinting against the sun?

Acuvue® Oasys Transitions™ Contact Lenses could be your solution.

Cycling with Acuvue light-adaptive contact lenses (image courtesy of Johnson & Johnson)


Much like Transitions lenses for glasses, these revolutionary new contact lenses from Johnson & Johnson seamlessly adapt to changing light conditions, darkening in bright sunshine and quickly fading to clear indoors.  They are the world’s first contact lenses created with light intelligent technology and were selected as one of TIME Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018.  And although they shouldn’t be regarded as a full-time substitute for sunglasses, they can vastly improve your vision experience – and sporting prowess – on the pitch, track or court.


Infocus Opticians in Marylebone is one of the first practices in the UK to premiere these lenses and they’re available to try today!


94% of people exposed to bright light exhibit compensatory behaviours such as squinting or shading their eyes with their hands, but the latest research saw these pioneering lenses reduce squinting by 38% making them the perfect eyewear solution for sportsmen and women whatever your level.


It takes under a minute for these adaptive contact lenses to darken, and they fade back to clear within 90 seconds of leaving bright conditions.  They also offer the highest level of UV protection in a contact lens, blocking 100% of UVB and over 99% of UVA rays.  This miraculous technology helps your eyes adjust to changing light conditions faster than they could naturally for crystal clear vision during the Big Game.


You might be wondering whether they darken the colour of your irises, especially if you have light blue or green eyes.  But these adaptive contact lenses have been specifically designed to minimize changes to your appearance, so although you might notice a slight tonal change in the brightest circumstances the difference will be barely visible.


But how do they work?


Each lens is infused with trillions of photochromic molecules that are highly responsive to UV rays and other types of bright light.  In normal light levels, these molecules appear closed, making the contact lenses clear.  But when they’re exposed to bright light there’s a chemical reaction that causes the photochromic molecules to open up and darken to absorb up to 70% of visible light.


Although these lenses are brilliant at blocking UV rays, they are not designed to completely replace your sunglasses.  A pair of shades protects the whole of your eyes and the area of skin surrounding them, whereas transition contact lenses only shield the central part of your eye including your pupil and iris.  That said, for circumstances where you can’t wear sunglasses these new contact lenses offer unparalleled protection and exceptional visual experience.


The lenses are available as two-weekly lenses and should be stored in lens solution and out of direct sunlight when not being worn.


Whether you’re a professional athlete or keen amateur, adaptive contact lenses have the power to transform your sporting performance.  If you’d like to find out more visit Infocus Opticians in Marylebone and book a contact lens appointment with one of our expert optometrists to go through your options today.