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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What are Transitions® Vantage™ lenses and how are they different?

Transitions® Vantage™ lenses are an incredible breakthrough in photochromic technology, featuring variable polarization. They are the first and only everyday photochromic lenses that are designed to be worn indoors and to darken with increasing polarization outdoors for crisper, sharper vision.


What does variable polarization mean?

Variable polarization means that Transitions® Vantage™ lenses will have a variable level of polarization efficiency depending on the amount of UV exposure.


Until now, polarization only existed as static film embedded in or laminated on a lens. It was tinted and become clear. Transitions® Optical has created a revolutionary technology by creating lenses in which dyes not only darken under the influence of UV light but also align at a proper angle in the lens so that they become polarized. In other words, new Transitions® Vantage™ lenses help control glare ad light scatter by both darkening and increasing their polarization in UV light.


What is the polarization efficiency of Transitions® Vantage™ lenses?

Polarization efficiency indicates how well a lens transmits vertical light relative to how well it blocks reflected horizontal light. The polarization efficiency of Transitions® Vantage™ lenses varies from 0% to 89% depending upon the amount of UV light and temperature.


Are Transitions® Vantage™ lenses a new generation of Transitions® lenses, replacing Transitions® VI lenses?

No. They represent another choice in everyday lenses for patients in addition to Transitions® VI lenses and Transitions® XTRActive lenses.


Each product has a different set of attributes:

  • Transitions® VI lenses offer the optimal balance between indoor clarity, outdoor darkness and fast fadeback speed. Plus they have widespread availability.
  • Transitions® XTRActive lenses are designed to be extra dark outdoors, have a comfortable tint indoors and moderately activate behind the car windshield.
  • Transitions® Vantage™ lenses have the added benefit of variable polarization for crisper, sharper vision outdoors and are virtually clear indoors.


How dark do Transitions® Vantage™ lenses get?

Wearers tested perceived Transitions® Vantage™ lenses to be darker than Transitions® VI lenses. With the added benefit of variable polarization, Transitions® Vantage™ lenses reduce even more glare, resulting in more comfortable, crisper and sharper vision outdoors. 8 out of 10 wearers tested were satisfied with their outdoor experience while wearing Transitions® Vantage™ lenses.


Are Transitions® Vantage™ lenses designed to be worn indoors?

Yes. They are meant to be worn as a replacement for ordinary clear lenses and are virtually clear indoors with a comfortable hint of tint. 9 out of 10 photochromic wearers tested were satisfied with their indoor experience.


Do Transitions® Vantage™ lenses activate behind the windshield?

No, Transitions® Vantage™ lenses are not designed to activate behind the windshield of a car. Some wearers may perceive some activation since the lenses are slower to fade and there may be some residual tint.


However, Transitions® XTRActive lenses, which do activate behind the windshield , are still available as an option for patients who prioritize this feature in an everyday lens above the benefit of outdoor polarization.


We recommend that every patient have at least two pairs of glasses, one everyday pair (Transitions® lenses) and one pair of sunglasses. The Transitions® line of adaptive performance sunwear is designed to adapt by darkening and changing color to enhance performance during specific outdoor activities.


Are Transitions® Vantage™ lenses meant for everyone?

Vision needs change from person to person. Today's eyecare professional must meet the needs of all patients and the multiple needs of each patient.


While Transitions® Vantage™ lenses are appropriate for anyone who is also a candidate for regular Transitions® photochromic lenses, they are particularly appealing to patients who are looking for a feature-rich product that offers the latest technology.


How do Transitions® Vantage™ lenses perform in hot and/or cold temperatures?

As with all photochromic technology, Transitions® Vantage™ lenses are influenced by temperature - the colder the temperature, the darker and more polarized they become. In hotter conditions, the lenses are lighter and less polarized than in cold temperatures. However, even in hot conditions, Transitions® Vantage™ lens wearers were satisfied with the level of darkness and polarization outdoors.


What is the life expectancy of Transitions® Vantage™ lenses?

As with all everyday Transitions® lenses, the performance life of Transitions® Vantage™ lenses will generally last for as long as the prescription is effective. While it is expected for there to be a small loss in the photochromic and polarization performance over time, with normal usage, this change is generally not perceptible to the wearer because most Transitions® lens wearers become loyal, repeat customers, chances are you will sell them a new pair long before their Transitions® lenses have any perceptible change in performance.


Can Transitions® Vantage™ lenses be recommended with premium anti-reflective treatment?

Yes, Transitions® Vantage™ lenses should be recommended with a premium anti-reflective treatment. Transitions® Vantage™ lenses with an anti-reflective treatment are ideal for patients looking for the best possible vision. Contact your laboratory for a list of approved anti-reflective coatings with this product.


Can Transitions® Vantage™ lenses be tinted?

No. The tinting process may affect the performance of the lenses.


Are Transitions® Vantage™ lenses limited to any particular eyeglass frames?

No. One of the benefits of all Transitions® everyday lenses is that they are available for virtually any frame suitable for prescription lenses.


What color are Transitions® Vantage™ lenses offered in?

Transitions® Vantage™ lenses are available in gray.


Are Transitions® Vantage™ lenses suitable for night driving?

Yes. Transitions® Vantage™ lenses are suitable for any activity that would normally require clear lenses, which includes driving at night. Adding an anti-reflective treatment to the Transitions® lenses may make driving at night even more comfortable for your patients, as the treatment reduces distracting glare.


What is the material and design availability of Transitions® Vantage™ lenses?

Transitions® Vantage™ lenses are currently available in a range of materials and designs, which will further enable you to prescribe them to a variety of patients.


X-Cel Offers Vantage™ lenses in plastic single vision and Aris™ Trivex® lenses in single vision and Freedom ID™ progressives.


How can i confirm that the lenses are indeed Transitions® Vantage™ lenses?

In order for your patients to experience the full benefit of Transitions® Vantage™ lenses, it's important that the lenses be properly aligned in the frame. You'll need a new Transitions® lens UV demo lamp and a piece of polarized film.


To check lenses:

  • Activate the lenses in the Transitions® lens UV demo lamp.
  • Place a piece of polarized film over the lenses and rotate film as you look through the lenses. This is called cross-polarizing.
  • Notice the lenses appear darker and lighter as you rotate the film.


How can I confirm that the Transitions® Vantage™ lenses in my frame are aligned properly?

  • You can determine the alignment of the lenses by cross-polarizing them with a piece of polarized film.
  • Activate the lenses in the Transitions® lens UV demo lamp.
  • Hold the polarized film over the activated Transitions® Vantage™ lenses with the sticker facing towards you in the upper right hand corner.


  • Rotate the film 90 degrees clockwise so that the sticker is in the lower right hand corner. You should notice that the lenses look their darkest when the sticker is in the lower right hand corner and the lightest when the sticker is in the upper right hand corner.



When will Transitions® Vantage™ lenses be available?

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Are Transitions® Vantage™ lenses covered by insurance?

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Who should I contact with questions?

Please contact X-Cel Optical customer service at 800-747-9235



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