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Why Extra Reactive Photochromics are Perfect for these 3 Jobs

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.

A frustration among traditional photochromic wearers is that their lenses don't work in the car. This means they're not a fit for people who spend their workday behind the wheel. However, extra reactive light-reactive lenses overcome this issue.


To explain, let's first examine why standard light-reactive lenses don't work in a vehicle. Traditional light-reactive lenses darken solely in response to UV light. Well, most car windows block out harmful UV rays for your protection. But while you're not being exposed to UV, neither are your lenses. No UV light, no activation.

Extra reactive lenses on the other hand work in response to both UV and natural visible light. So, even when the UV is filtered out by the windows, the natural visible light coming through enables them to retain color. That makes them perfect for a variety of jobs, even those where a good part of the day is spent in a driver's seat instead of an office chair.

1. Uber® and Lyft® drivers

Some estimates say that there are more than 700,000 Uber and Lyft drivers in the U.S. If you make a living behind the wheel, an extra reactive photochromic is a fantastic option.

Not only do they provide comfort in their darkened state during daytime hours, they also remain clear at night when some drivers pick up the majority of their passengers.

So, extra reactive lenses offer day and nighttime benefits in one pair of glasses - that's uber-convenient!

2. Couriers

This job involves going in and out of doors all day long: get out of the car, go in the building, leave the building, get back in the car. Repeat 20 times. You start to see how frustrating it would be to switch between glasses and sunglasses so many times throughout the day.

What an opportunity to try an extra reactive lens! Not only is it clear and dark exactly when you need it, but it also offers the additional benefits like UV protection and blue light filtration.

1 in 3 American adults experience symptoms of UV exposure.* These can be short-term effects, like bloodshot, swollen eyes, or a hyper-sensitivity to light. But UV exposure can also lead to more serious long-term effects like cancer. SunSync Drive XT lenses protect eyes from UV light, no matter the environment.

3. Realtors

Many realtors tell me they have the potential to spend an entire day in a car. Meeting clients and showing houses all over town can mean a lot of getting in and out of the car. A pair of extra reactive lenses like SunSync Elite XT or SunSync Drive XT is perfect for a realtor who is facing down a full day of appointments.

And not only do these lenses finally give you more than one option in extra reactive photochromics, they give you better options. SunSync Elite XT is an ultra-fast extra reactive lens with groundbreaking fade-back speed from dark to clear in under 120 seconds*. And SunSync Drive XT gets darker and clearer than the category leader. **

*SunSync Elite XT in polycarbonate has a T1/2 of 120 seconds when tested at 73.4°F.
**In lab testing, SunSync Drive XT and the market-leading extra reactive photochromic lens were analyzed in spectral measurements of visible light transmittance from 525nm to 625nm in dark/activated state, visible light transmittance from 450nm to 700nm in clear/inactivated state, and speed of change between dark and clear states at 73° F/23° C.

David Greening David Greening, ABOC, BS(HONS) Ophth. Dispensing David is our resident optician, and has been in optics since 2002. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing in Kent, England (2014). He has extensive experience, having managed his own practice for many years prior to arriving at Astorino & Associates Eye Center. He is a licensed American optician (ABOC) and is well-recognized for his quality of service, attention to detail, and patient care.

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