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Photochromic Lenses - What You Need To Know


Let's paint a picture: You’re locked in a thrilling tennis match under the scorching midday sun. As you move from the shaded baseline to the sun-drenched net, your vision remains crisp and clear, unaffected by the changing light conditions. With photochromic lenses, there's no need to worry about glare or discomfort—your eyewear seamlessly adapts, ensuring you never miss a serve or volley. Whether you're battling it out on the court or soaking in the victory under the bright sky, photochromic lenses keep you focused on the game.

What are Photochromic Lenses?

Photochromic lenses are designed to adapt to changing light conditions, darkening in bright sunlight and clearing up indoors or in low light. This unique feature is achieved through special molecules embedded in the lens material, which react to UV light exposure, offering a dynamic tint that optimizes vision and protection.

Fully Clear Indoors

Experience perfect clarity indoors with photochromic lenses that remain completely clear in low light environments. Say goodbye to the hassle of switching between glasses as you move from indoors to outdoors—these lenses seamlessly adapt to provide optimal vision no matter where you are.

Darkens Outdoors

Step into the sunlight, and watch as your lenses quickly adjust to the bright conditions, darkening to provide immediate comfort and enhanced vision. Whether you're on the tennis court, hitting the trails, or simply enjoying a sunny day outdoors, photochromic lenses ensure you're always prepared for the changing light conditions.

Faster Activation and Fade Back

Experience swift transitions with photochromic lenses that activate quickly in sunlight and fade back to clear indoors. Say goodbye to the annoyance of waiting for your lenses to adjust—these lenses offer rapid activation and fade back, ensuring optimal vision at all times. Whether you're stepping outside into the sunlight or heading back indoors, your vision remains clear and comfortable without skipping a beat.

Blocks 100% UVA and UVB Rays

Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays with photochromic lenses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Whether you're soaking up the sun on the tennis court or exploring the great outdoors, you can trust that your eyes are shielded from the sun's harmful rays, reducing the risk of eye damage and ensuring long-term eye health. With photochromic lenses, you can enjoy your outdoor adventures with confidence, knowing your vision is protected every step of the way.

How to Get it with a Rec Specs Frame

Equipping your Rec Specs frame with these innovative photochromic lenses is a simple process that enhances your eyewear for various outdoor activities. 

Here's a step-by-step guide:

1. Choose Your Favorite Frames

Explore our diverse collection of sports glasses and sunglasses designed to cater to the needs of athletes and adventurers. Once you've selected the frames that align with your style and performance preferences, proceed to customize your order by clicking on the “Select lenses” button.

2. Enter Your Prescription

Personalize your eyewear by entering your prescription information. Whether you require lenses for near or distance vision, or prefer multi-focus options, Rec Specs offers customizable solutions to ensure optimal clarity and comfort tailored to your individual needs.

3. Select Your Lens Type

Consider upgrading to photochromic lenses to elevate your visual experience. Available in grey or amber variants, these lenses seamlessly adapt to changing light conditions, providing consistent protection and clarity throughout your outdoor pursuits. For an additional $75 investment, you can enjoy the benefits of photochromic technology with your Rec Specs frame.


In every active pursuit, every second counts—and with photochromic lenses, you're always one step ahead. Say hello to a world where your vision adapts as swiftly as you do, ensuring unparalleled comfort, clarity, and protection wherever your journey takes you. So, gear up, athletes and adventurers, and let your eyes experience the magic of photochromic lenses—one sport or adventure at a time. Click here to start shopping or chat to our agents from the ‘chat’ icon.

You can also use our easy at-home try on process to test out performance goggles from the comfort of your home. Click here to get started building your kit for FREE. Don’t forget – we also offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on your purchase!

Still have questions?

If you have any questions, contact our team at or 855.541.5944 from 7AM to 7PM MST.

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