April 25, 2017
It’s a rainy, dreary day, and I’m sitting around waiting for a couple people to get back to me on a pair of stories I’ll write later this week. That means is it’s the perfect time for me to offer up a little pushback against the haters.
The topic which I'm about to address is something that’s been bothering me for years now. Specifically, I’m done sitting idly by while people defame my choice in eyewear.
Yes, I wear Transitions Adaptive Lenses in my medically necessary eyeglasses.
Before we go any further, here is a description of the lenses from their manufacturer:
Transitions® lenses are the #1 eyecare professional-recommended photochromic lenses worldwide.
Transitions® lenses are equipped with patented, photochromic dyes that enable the lenses to rapidly activate, or darken, when they are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light.
The greater the intensity of UV rays, the darker the lenses become. When UV light is no longer present, including indoors or at night, the lenses fade back to their original state.
When a wise and considerate ophthalmologist told me, years ago, that instead of purchasing two pair of glasses – one of the sun variety – I could just get one pair that served dual purposes for an extra 60 bucks or so, I was instantly sold.
Essentially, window-tinting for one's eyes, they have proven to be a godsend.
Instead of squinting or fumbling for a second pair of specs, the work is done for me without a lick of personal effort. This is beyond helpful when you ply your trade in a business dependent upon your observational skills.
Well, the haters don’t understand that by a long shot, and they’re more than willing to broadcast it far and wide. To wit:
Transition lenses are a great way to transition into looking like a sex offender.— Clue Heywood (@ClueHeywood) December 17, 2013
Why do they call them Transition lenses when you've already reached peak creepiness by putting them on?— Mr. Butter Chicken (@MrButterChicken) August 26, 2016
Am I the only person who doesn't trust people wearing transition lenses? Like actually gets nervous around them? Just me? Ok... pic.twitter.com/yPYI0600wi— Anna Watson (@annyaaa) April 25, 2017
I still think transition lenses are black magic— Yan (@Ryan_Sib) April 24, 2017
there is not one living soul on this planet that should be wearing transition lenses— sabrina (@amishteenprobz) April 24, 2017
opinion on transition lenses— haadiya (@haadiyaaa) April 24, 2017
i just swiped left on tinder because he had transition lenses, where do these people come from??????!— Olivia (@okoepp) April 14, 2017
Never ever have i ever trusted anyone with transition lenses— Lydia Mack (@ChaiAndSass) April 13, 2017
I don't trust people who wear transition lenses.— Pineapple Lawyer (@PineappleEsq) April 12, 2017
Is "guy who wears transition lenses" a future serial killer or going to be a great dad?— Josh.0 (@jhar55) April 11, 2017
Just say no to transition lenses— Chris Spangle (@chrisspangle) April 6, 2017
I am here to say that all of the above haters are wrong, as are the ones whose use of profanity rendered me unable to embed their tweets herein.
Though it's sometimes problematic walking from outside into a darker home, the minor delay is a small price to pay for me and my fellow Transition Lensers.
Transition Lenses are cool.
Transition Lenses are cutting-edge utilitarianism.
And, Transition Lenses make life easier for those who choose to wear them.
I am proud to be part of that demographic, and I always will be. In fact, I'm calling upon the Transition Lensers of the world to join with me in declaring that we aren't creepy sorcerers unworthy of love and trust.
We are human beings who just happen to recognize that convenience and vision comfort are worth dealing with folks who just don't understand high-end eye-fashion when they see it.
All of which is to say – deal with it, haters.