Finding the Ultimate Driving Lens

Photochromic to darken & lighten tint behind windscreen.
Polarized to cut glare.          Three colours in one lens

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Whether racing your pride and joy, tackling your 4x4 off road, coasting in your vintage roadster, or simply driving for necessity, there’s one thing you can’t do without. Your vision.

Driving demands a lot from our eyes; driving in blinding sunlight, on wet roads, in fog, in the rain or with glare reflecting off other surfaces. Not to mention we need to decipher road signs and traffic signals along the way.

So if you are wanting an extra edge when racing or simply serious about safe driving, sunglass choice should not be an inconsequential afterthought.

Some sunglasses are simply unsuitable for driving. They can be too dark or too light. They can be the wrong colour. Some lens colours distort the viewing of colours and contrast making it difficult to pick the apex of a fast corner and compromises ability to read traffic signals and signs. 

So what do you look for in a sunglass?

Your number one priority is addressing glare. Glare is frequently cited as the cause of road accidents, with blinding glare being a common and dangerous assault upon vision. It is produced when bright light is reflected off smooth surfaces such as the road, the car in front, your own bonnet, wet surfaces, your car dashboard and by a low sun. Polarized lenses are the only lenses that will block this dangerous glare, so polarization is a must.

Next, lens colour. Lens colour is crucial to ensure traffic signal recognition, legibility of road signs and being able to spot potential hazards. Brown or copper lenses are excellent for driving because they enhance contrast and definition, providing sharper vision. This is the lens colour of choice for professional drivers, so they can’t be wrong!

Tint density is also a major consideration. Too dark, and you’ll not have enough light entering your eyes. Too light, you’ll have too much light entering your eyes. So what tint do you choose when weather conditions constantly change? A photochromic lens that automatically darkens and lightens depending on the available light would be perfect. But regular photochromic lenses don’t work behind a car windscreen; they are activated by UV light and the windscreen blocks UV.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed. However, there is an ultimate sunglass solution for driving. Transitions® Drivewear®.

Transitions Drivewear is a photochromic and polarized sunglass lens that changes colour behind the car windscreen. It reacts to both visible and UV light allowing the lens tint to automatically darken in bright light, and lighten in low light. Transitions Drivewear seamlessly changes to three colours: the ultimate copper colour while driving, yellow/olive in low light and dark brown outside in bright sunlight. In fact, Transitions Drivewear is the world’s only polarized photochromic lens that automatically changes to three colours.

Available in non-prescription and prescription, Transitions Drivewear lenses can be fitted into many sunglass frames or you can buy ready-made non-prescription sunglasses. Developed by ophthalmologists and optometrists in the US, Transitions Drivewear combines two global leading technologies: Transitions® photochromics and NuPolar® polarization.

The SUPER VISION of Transitions Drivewear gives you the edge for comfort and safety. Drive anywhere. Do anything.


Polarized lenses enhance contrast for crisp high definition vision. It cuts blinding glare - a frequent cause of road accidents - reflected off roads, cars, buildings, wet surfaces, dashboard and bodies of water. Helps to identify road hazards in bright and blinding glare situations.

Polarization blocks unexpected bright light or road glare in overcast conditions; a time when the eye is particularly susceptible having accommodated to the overcast conditions. Improves vision in rain, fog and hazy conditions.

Transitions Drivewear features world leading NuPolar polarization. Tests prove no other polarized lens comes close to NuPolar in overall performance ^.


Lenses seamlessly change darkness based on available light to ensure lenses are the right density/darkness for current conditions.

Regular photochromics don’t work behind a car windscreen because they are activated by UV light and windscreens blocks UV.

Transitions Drivewear DOES activate behind the windscreen because it reacts to both visible and UV light, so the lenses will darken in bright light and lighten in low light. 

Transitions Drivewear is powered by the unequalled world leading Transitions photochromic technology. The lens fades to 63% tint in low light, darkens up to 75% when driving, and darkens up to 90% in bright outdoor light.

Copper lens

Copper lenses accentuate colour for improved contrast and depth perception to better spot potential hazards, improved traffic signal recognition and increased legibility of road signs.

Transitions Drivewear automatically changes to a copper colour when driving in medium to bright sunlight. Tint darkens up to 75% and the polarization blocks any blinding glare. Outside of the car, the lens changes to a copper colour in the shade and in light overcast conditions.

Yellow/olive lens

A light yellow/olive lens colour when driving during the day in low light conditions allows more light to enter the eye and enhances contrast and depth perception. Ideal for early morning, fog, haze, overcast conditions and dusk.

Transitions Drivewear changes to a light yellow/olive tint in low light conditions both inside and outside the car to maximise contrast and depth perception. The lens lightens to 63% tint, while the polarization blocks any glare.

Dark brown lens

A good all-round lens colour choice for outdoors in high ambient light conditions. Filters light to protect against bright sunlight and enhances contrast. Provides excellent depth perception.

In bright sunlight Transitions Drivewear changes to a dark brown colour with a 90% tint. The polarization blocks blinding glare.

100% UV blockage

The sun’s damaging rays are a risk to eye health. UV has been linked to cataract, skin cancers around the eye and pterygium (growth on the eye), so UV blockage is a must. Transitions Drivewear blocks 100% of UV rays.


Lightweight lenses are a must for maximum comfort. Transitions Drivewear lenses are made from lightweight materials such as Trilogy® Trivex® and polycarbonate.

Impact resistance

Resistant to impact so lenses will not shatter if dropped or if the wearer is hit in the face. Transitions Drivewear lenses are made from several impact resistant materials, including Trilogy Trivex and polycarbonate.


Protects lenses and enhances durability. Anti-scratch coating can be easily applied to Transitions Drivewear lenses when buying from your optometrist. Transitions Drivewear ready-made sunglasses in non-prescription come with anti-reflective coating.

Prescription & non-prescription

Transitions Drivewear is available in both prescription and non-prescription lenses. For prescription lenses in a wide variety of frames, see your optometrist. Ready-made non-prescription sunglasses are available from your optometrist. Non-prescription Transitions Drivewear lenses can also be fitted into many sunglass frames by an optometrist.

Quality High quality Transitions Drivewear lenses are manufactured by Younger Optics, a global leader in optical and ophthalmic lenses for more than 60 years. Developed with ophthalmologists and optometrists in the US, Transitions Drivewear combines two global leading technologies: Transitions photochromics and NuPolar polarization.
^ NuPolar lenses perform better than competitive polarized lenses in many crucial tests: polarizing efficiency, heat stability,
   film adhesion and colour stability. 
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* Transitions Drivewear lenses are designed for daylight and daytime driving conditions just like regular sunglasses and should not to be worn
   at night or for driving after dusk.
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