Prescription Motorcycle Glasses Transition or Polarized

In years past, motorcycle riders who wore prescription glasses had one option when they hit the road: wearing their glasses.

Transition or Polarized Prescription Motorcycle Glasses

Prescription Motorcycle Glasses Transition or PolarizedIf you were lucky, you found a helmet visor that added a shaded tint or a pair of clear goggles that fit over your glasses and blocked out the wind… hopefully without fogging up while you were on the road. Today, a wealth of prescription glasses and goggles are readily available, and your customizable options are nearly unlimited.

Those options now include frame style, color, additional coatings, removable dust and wind shields, single- or multi-vision lenses, and more. And once you decide on all those, another important decision involves the type of light blockage that works best for you. Standard tints of various shades and colors are no longer the only option here; two of the most popular choices for bikers are polarized lenses and transition lenses. So which do you choose? Let’s take a look at both of them.

Light reflected from surfaces such as bodies of water or long, open highways – the latter a particular concern for motorcyclists – casts off sunlight with a horizontal polarization. These kinds of surfaces cause that light to travel horizontally and strike our eyes more directly than diffused, fragmented light, which scatters and is absorbed in different directions. Horizontal sunlight is the kind that causes annoying glare.

Polarized lenses are treated to specifically filter horizontal light waves. This reduces those distracting and potentially blinding flashes you’ll see when the sun reflects off of surfaces like the smooth finish of your painted gas tank or the mirror-like finish of your bike’s handlebars and the chrome of surrounding bikes. It also cuts down on background glare and adds contrast, providing enhanced visual acuity in any well-lit condition. The only real drawback to polarized lenses for motorcyclists is that they can also block out the readings from LED and LCD screens, making it hard to see certain gauges or cell phone and GPS screens.

Transition, or photochromic, lenses block light in the traditional manner, by shielding your eyes behind a shaded tint. But they do it incrementally and automatically. Transitional lenses darken in response to UV light – the more UV light present, the darker they’ll get, and when the sun crests and fades, your lenses will clear again. Photochromics remain clear when in the presence of indoor or artificial light, so the streetlamps and headlights you encounter during the nighttime hours won’t cause them to darken.

Transitions provide a well-balanced system because unlike polarized lenses, which remain one static shade whenever used, transitions will adjust for the available light. One pair of prescription motorcycle glasses will see you through the light conditions of an entire all-day ride, so there’s no need to buy and bring additional sunglasses. Bear in mind, however, that photochromic lenses only darken to a certain degree, and for some that tint is not dark enough. They also may not fully darken if you wear them behind a motorcycle windscreen that is already UV-protected.

Shop Polarized or Transitions SunglassesBoth polarized and transition lenses are fully compatible with all types of prescriptions. So if you need corrective eyewear and are considering your next pair of motorcycle glasses, either type will work, and work well for bikers. What you chose depends on your preferences and your riding habits.

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