Do Transition Lenses Wear Out?

Transition lenses are so useful… but do they have an expiration date?

Do Transition Lenses Wear Out?

Transition Lenses for Prescription GlassesTransition lenses are extremely popular and an asset to those who need glasses that provide sun protection and clearness indoors. Occasionally people with Transitions will have a problem with the lenses not getting dark enough anymore, and this poses the question: “Do Transition lenses wear out?”

Transition lenses generally last the life of a pair of glasses (or longer), though they do wear out after years of use. Most Transition lenses wear out in about three years, with a yellowish tinge forming in the lenses while clear and a noticeable reduction of the lenses’ darkness in full sunlight.

There are, however, some things to consider when the question, “Do Transition lenses wear out?” comes up. Other factors can make you think they’re worn out, when they aren’t:

  • Transition lenses generally take at least 3 years to wear out.
  • Temperature affects how Transitions change. When they’re hot (like in the summer), the lenses will change slower and won’t get as dark.
  • Transition lenses don’t change behind the windshield of a car.
  • When Transition lenses do wear out, they will take on a yellowish tinge when they’re clear. They will no longer get as dark at that point.
  • Transition lenses don’t get as dark as standard sunglasses.

If you’re thinking about buying Transition lenses, it’s important to consider these factors before making your purchase. Additionally, if you have Transitions that are old enough to be worn out, it’s probably time to get a new prescription anyway!

If you have any questions about Transition lenses or what’s right for you, please give us a call or leave a comment in the comments section below. Transition lenses are some of the most impressive lenses on the market, and millions of happy Transitions wearers come back for a new pair with every prescription.

10 Responses to Do Transition Lenses Wear Out?
  1. Michael
    April 18, 2017 | 2:19 pm

    They last for a very long time. I havent have any issues with mine and some of my pairs are going on 2 years time. But I do what some of my colleague and friends tells me to do is put it in the first on the first day of getting it. I been doing this to all of my transition lens

  2. Michael
    April 18, 2017 | 2:23 pm

    Your eyes are a little more sensitive to color than others. But yes there will always be a very light tent color. I also notice it on mine why others dont.

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  4. Caryll Beck
    October 18, 2017 | 9:56 am

    I have had my transition lenses just over a year and the coating is coming off. It did start before the warranty had expired but I never got around to dealing with it
    How do I remedy this as don’t need a new scrip

    • msatghare
      October 24, 2017 | 8:29 pm

      Hi, if you bought your lenses from us, we do not offer warranty on lenses unfortunately. If you bought it from somewhere else, you should take it back to them.

  5. Mark Richards
    December 24, 2017 | 4:43 pm

    My transition plus lenses are only a year old and have deminished in darkness a lot. They would get very dark in the sun when I first got them. I live in Florida and am out in the sun a lot. Can they be recoated or retreated?


    • jsiddiqui
      December 27, 2017 | 6:59 pm

      Hi, Unfortunately you cannot do that. It is a coating that is applied/built in into the lenses and cannot be redone. You need to get your lenses replaced. You can order them online with us here:

  6. Barbara
    January 4, 2018 | 6:26 pm

    My lenses are not returning to normal after I’ve come back indoors. Can you tell me why

    • jsiddiqui
      January 19, 2018 | 4:50 pm

      Hi Barbara.

      I recommend that you go back to where you got the glasses from. They might be defective or have probably worn out.

  7. Jerry Velasquez
    January 24, 2018 | 11:55 pm

    I bought transitional lens for the last 5 Years they never last but they always want to charge you to replace them

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