Corporate Optometry Sponsored Blog Post: Introducing Transitions® Signature® GEN 8™ lenses

Patients want it all when it comes to adaptive lenses: ultimate eye protection, outdoor darkness, full indoor clarity, responsiveness and long-lasting performance—which Transitions Optical is delivering with their latest innovation, Transitions® Signature® GEN 8™ lenses.

To achieve the new frontier of performance desired by patients, Transitions Optical fully reinvented their photochromic system by combining a disruptive nanocomposite matrix with a new generation of ultra-agile dyes. This lens is the newest generation of Transitions Optical’s best-selling product and replaces Transitions® Signature® VII lenses.

Reasons to Recommend

Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses push the limits of performance to satisfy existing photochromic lens wearers and recruit new clear lens wearers. Thanks to unprecedented patient research and product testing versus clear and other photochromic lenses, you can confidently tell patients that they will love Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses.

  • Long lasting performance: Thanks to its ultra-agile dyes, Transitions Signature GEN 8 maintains a high level of performance even longer than Transitions Signature VII lenses, so patients can get the most out of their lenses[i].
  • Ultimate protection: Give patients comfortable vision and hassle-free protection with Transitions Signature GEN 8, which block 100% UVA and UVB rays and help filter 87% of harmful blue light outdoors and at least 20% indoors[ii].
  • Activation speed: The breakthrough technology of Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses provides a 30% faster activation rate than Transitions Signature VII lenses[iii]. Now that’s Light Under Control™!
  • Fade back and indoor clarity: No matter your patient’s lifestyle, they can count on their lenses to adapt quickly indoors. In fact, Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses fade back to clear three minutes faster[iv] than Transitions Signature VII lenses.
  • Darkness: Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses are even darker than Transitions Signature VII lenses[v], giving your patients the ultimate eye protection in the brightest sun.

Proven Benefits

With nine out of 10 eyeglass wearers declaring they are light sensitive[vi], there’s a huge opportunity for eyecare professionals to recommend a light management solution. Rely on a lens that’s proven to reducehow often wearers experience light sensitivity, by prescribing Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses. In fact, after wearing Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses, eight out of 10 wearers were less bothered by bright light and changing light[vii]

Learn more about why Transitions Signature GEN 8 is the best overall photochromic lens[viii] and download your in-practice resources by visiting

[i] Lab measurement ISO standard @ 23 C / T=% Transmission.  Based on lab accelerated aging test where one cycle approximates 2 years average usage.

[ii] Harmful blue light is calculated between 380nm and 460nm, across materials and colors.

[iii] CR607 products activate to a category 3 darkness 15% faster. Claim is based on tests across materials on gray lenses, being the most popular color, achieving 18% transmission @ 23°C.

[iv] CR607 products fade back to clear 2 minutes faster. Claim is based on tests across materials on gray lenses, being the most popular color, fading back to 70%transmission @ 23°C.

[v] Lab measurement ISO standard @ 23 C / T=% Transmission.

[vi] Transitions Optical Life360™ live wearers testing in US, France, China (IFOP 2016/2017). N=117 eyeglass wearers.

[vii] Transitions Signature GEN 8 Wearers Test, Nationwide US, Kadence, Q1 2019.

[viii] Based on achieving the highest weighted composite score among main everyday photochromic lenses across measurements of key photochromic performance attributes weighted by their relative importance to consumers.

How to Quickly Talk to Your Patients About Blue Light

While there is considerable conversation happening around blue light, the reality is that 41 percent of consumers have never heard of blue light*. That being said, presenting and educating patients on blue light and its damaging effects should be a priority for eyecare professionals—even with limited time.
What are the best ways to help patients quickly understand what harmful blue light is and what steps they should take to ensure their eyes are protected?

Start by Asking Questions
Presenting blue light to patients is really an entire team effort. When the optometrist is prescribing lenses, you want patients to already be considering UV and harmful blue light protection.
As soon as a patient enters the office, put UV and harmful blue light protection on their mind. For example, during the registration process, include questions such as, “How do you protect your eyes from the sun?”, “Do you wear prescription sunwear?”, and “How often do you use digital devices?” By asking every patient that walks through the door these simple questions, you’re setting the stage for the blue light discussion in the exam room.

Educate through Comparisons
The best learning is often through analogies and comparisons—and talking to patients about eyecare is no exception. A great way to introduce UV and harmful blue light protection to patients is by comparing it to sunscreen for your eyes. Many patients know the damaging effects the sun’s rays can have on the skin but aren’t aware of how it impacts their eyes. Explain that sunlight includes both ultraviolet and blue light, and that both can have damaging effects.

Outline Sources and Symptoms
According to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research, 57 percent of patients are aware that digital devices are a source of blue light, and only 26 percent are aware the sun is a source. Help patients understand the need for blue light protection both indoors and out.
Communicate that harmful blue light can cause eyestrain and eye fatigue, and long-term exposure to harmful blue light has been linked to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration**.

Recommend a Product Lens Solution
After educating patients about blue light, 78 percent of consumers were likely to purchase a product that provides protection. With the high interest in purchasing glasses that help protect wearers’ eyes from harmful blue light indoors and outdoors, Transitions® lenses are an ideal solution to recommend.
Although all Transitions lenses help protect against harmful blue light, Transitions® XTRActive® lenses offer the highest level of harmful blue light protection indoors and out for a Transitions lens. Transitions XTRActive lenses help filter harmful blue light, blocking at least 34% of the harmful blue light indoors and 88% to 95% of harmful blue light outdoors. To find more information on blue light and to hear how other ODs are bringing up blue light with their patients, visit

*Online survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Transitions Optical, Inc. in December 2017.
** Arnault E., Barrau C., Nanteau C., Gondouin P., Bigot K., Viénot F., Gutman E., Fontaine V., VilletteT., Cohen-Tannoudji D., Sahel J., Picaud S., Second source,  Phototoxic Action Spectrum on a Retinal Pigment Epithelium Model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Exposed to Sunlight Normalized Conditions, PlosOne 8 (2013), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.007139