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photochromic lens

ucdavis4PT0gpa

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Yes, but maybe more salient is that their function is also severely compromised after a certain amount of use- from what I've read this is more likely to happen before the yellowing. The lenses have a finite number of times they can darken and lighten. How many? I've read conflicting accounts but I know several people who wear them in eyeglass applications that say after 2-3 years they're shot. Now granted that's when they're being worn 18 hours a day 365 days a year - a sunglass won't get that much use presumably. All that said should that discourage purchase of a photochromic lens? No. But it's a consideration along with other aspects such as the fact they make lousy automobile driving lenses because most auto windows filter a certain amount of UV and UV is what photochromics react to so in cars they don't darken enough.
 

Soul providers

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Yes, but maybe more salient is that their function is also severely compromised after a certain amount of use- from what I've read this is more likely to happen before the yellowing. The lenses have a finite number of times they can darken and lighten. How many? I've read conflicting accounts but I know several people who wear them in eyeglass applications that say after 2-3 years they're shot. Now granted that's when they're being worn 18 hours a day 365 days a year - a sunglass won't get that much use presumably. All that said should that discourage purchase of a photochromic lens? No. But it's a consideration along with other aspects such as the fact they make lousy automobile driving lenses because most auto windows filter a certain amount of UV and UV is what photochromics react to so in cars they don't darken enough.
so if i use photochromic lens regularly instead of my iridium lenses it will wear off after significant amount of use.
 

ucdavis4PT0gpa

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Based on what I've been told by others and multiple articles by sources who would know, yes. Again, how much use with any particular lens will cause that, I don't think anyone can say but it seems that's an inherent trait of photochromic lenses
 

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