Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

Dr. Rights serves as a Transitions Brand Ambassador, but all opinions are her own. This post was not sponsored.

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions
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Have you heard about the new Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology contact lenses? It’s the brainchild of a partnership between Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (the world’s leader in contact lenses) and Transitions Optical (the world’s leader in photochromic eyeglass lenses). As this year’s Transitions Brand Ambassador, I’m going to introduce you to this innovative photochromic contact lens, including an overview of the technology, features, and more!

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Acuvue Oasys with Transitions in 3 different shades
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What is a photochromic contact lens?

To start, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions was first released to the US market in 2019. According to Johnson & Johnson Vision, this new category of contact lens has been over 15 years in the making.

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is the first-of-its-kind contact lens that can sense lighting conditions in your environment and seamlessly adapts from clear to dark, thanks to a dynamic photochromic filter. TIME magazine even recognized Acuvue Oasys with Transitions as one of their Best Inventions of 2018!

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions won Time Best Inventions 2018

What is unique about Acuvue Oasys with Transitions?

According to Johnson and Johnson Vision, nearly two out of three people indicate being bothered by bright light. Most people (94%) who experience bright light use compensating behaviors to help their eyes cope. Sometimes we forget how much our eyes work each day to adjust to challenging light environments, such as participating in outdoor activities, staring at digital devices, or working under artificial office lighting.

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions goes beyond vision correction by dynamically filtering and reducing exposure to bright light – both indoors and outdoors. With its built-in light adaptive technology, the contact lens darkens in less than a minute and fades back to clear within 90 seconds. It protects your eyes from blue light and is designed to offer the highest level of UV protection in any contact lens. It also helps to reduce halos and starbursts at night.

Below is a short video that highlights the features and benefits of this contact lens. For more Acuvue videos, visit the company’s YouTube Channel.

How does Acuvue Oasys with Transitions look on the eye?

As you can imagine, appearance is a common concern among people fit with this contact lens. The lenses darken when activated by UV and/or blue light. They were specifically designed to provide the wearer protective benefits while minimizing the change in the appearance of the eye.

While outdoors, the level of activation is always changing in response to the light, so the lens will have variable levels of darkening. These lenses also fade back to clear quickly when you go inside.

Here’s an example of what it looks like on a brown eye (left to right: clear to dark).

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions on a brown eye
Source: acuvue.com

On the other hand, here’s an example of what it looks like on a blue eye (left to right: clear to dark).

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions on a blue eye
Source: acuvue.com

Does Acuvue Oasys with Transitions replace the need for sunglasses?

No. While this contact lens helps provide protection against 99% of UVA and 100% of UVB rays, UV-blocking contact lenses are NOT substitutes for sunglasses.

Why? They do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. Therefore, don’t forget to bring your sunglasses when going outdoors!

Powers, availability, and more

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is a two-week replacement contact lens, which means you need to discard it after two weeks of wear. It comes in a range of powers from -12.00 to +8.00 so it will fit a large range of contact lens wearers. It is not available in toric parameters for astigmatic prescriptions at this time.

Prior to your eye exam, you can request to be one of the first to try this new lens by simply printing out a certificate to show your eye doctor. When fit with Acuvue Oasys with Transitions by your eye care professional, you’ll receive a trial lens that is good for two weeks.

Note: We recommend storing them in Biotrue, RevitaLens, or Opti-free Pure Moist contact lens solutions. However, if you’re experiencing depositing or contact lens build-up, consider Clear Care Cleaning & Disinfection Solution.

In April 2018, the lenses were cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the first to be invented with light adaptive technology. The lenses are now available to order as of April 1st, 2019.

Does Acuvue Oasys with Transitions have a lens for astigmatism or presbyopia?

Unfortunately, not at this time. However, that doesn’t mean Johnson and Johnson won’t launch Acuvue Oasys with Transitions for Astigmatism or Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Multifocal in the future! Stay tuned.

What people are saying…

From Johnson and Johnson Vision

  • First-of-its-Kind Light Adaptive Contacts – Acuvue Oasys with Transitions are the first-of-its-kind contact lens that seamlessly adapts to changing light to provide all-day soothing vision.
  • Innovative Technology – Acuvue Oasys with Transitions use photochromic technology, developed in partnership with Transitions Optical Inc.
  • Seamlessly Adapts From Indoor to Outdoor Light -Acuvue Oasys with Transitions activates in less than a minute and quickly fades from dark to clear when going from outdoors to indoors.
  • Improving Patients’ Vision Satisfaction – When asked about experiencing moments when bothered by light, 64% of consumers admit to being bothered by bright light daily. 94% of those who reported they were bothered by bright light daily use compensating behaviors (such as eye shading, squinting, turning off lights and turning down screen brightness) to manage it.

From our eye care team

Dr. Amanda RightsAcuvue Oasys is the most popular frequent replacement contact lens that I fit in my practice. Many patients already know of and wear the lens, and now, with the addition of Transitions light intelligent technology and enhanced UV and blue light protection, the lens is even better than before. I think this new lens will change how people think about their contact lenses while also increasing awareness of the importance of protecting our eyes from harmful light sources. – Dr. Amanda Rights, O.D., Transitions Brand Ambassador 2018

Is Acuvue Oasys with Transitions right for you?

Pros

  • A popular contact lens (Acuvue Oasys) that offers auto-darkening capabilities previously only available with glasses.
  • Designed to reduce exposure to bright light – both indoors and outdoors.
  • It offers the highest level of UV protection (99% UVA and 100% UVB) in any contact lens.
  • Protection against harmful blue light.
  • It helps to reduce halos and starbursts at night.

Cons

  • In its fully darkened state, it may change the appearance of your eye color.
  • It does not get as dark as and is not a substitute for sunglasses.
  • Not available in toric or multifocal parameters (yet).

RELATED: Acuvue Oasys 2-Week Review

How much does Acuvue Oasys with Transitions cost?

The best place to look is at your eye doctor’s office. However, if you’re looking to price things out from home, consider checking out contact lens retailers online. Right now suggested retail for a box of 6 lenses of Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is $90.

Final thoughts

Building upon the success of Acuvue Oasys, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions comes with all the benefits of the most popular two-week replacement contact lens AND the most popular photochromic eyeglass lens.

While these contact lenses offer the latest in light-adaptive technology, they may not be the perfect fit for everyone. Even if you already wear Acuvue Oasys contact lenses, the Transitions feature is currently offered with a limited range of spherical prescription powers.

Personally, I look forward to possible future expansion for toric and multifocal prescriptions, as well as other Acuvue brand contact lenses with different replacement schedules (i.e. daily disposables and monthly replacement).

Appearance and outdoor activities

Just as some people prefer colored contact lenses and others do not, some people may not like the appearance of the fully darkened lens on their eye or how it obscures their eye color (more so for lightly pigmented eyes). Others may find that they’d rather continue wearing their sunglasses over top of their contact lenses, as these contact lenses are not a substitute for sunglasses anyways. Regardless, at least you can rest assured knowing that your eyes are protected from UV and blue light on the days you forget to wear your sunglasses.

Ideally, this new photochromic contact lens is a great option for athletes who play outdoor sports but cannot wear sunglasses due to equipment restrictions or regulations, such as helmets and protective goggles. It is also practical for those who participate in outdoor activities, such as running, hiking, or biking, with changing light conditions. Not to mention, it is a solution for those who experience issues with light sensitivity, blinding glare while driving at night, or trouble adapting to changing light conditions when moving between indoor and outdoor environments.

What do you think of the new Acuvue Oasys with Transitions contact lens? Leave your review in the comments below!

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions details

Year of US market release2019
Base curve (i.e. curvature of the contact lens)8.4 & 8.8
Diameter (i.e. width of the contact lens)14.0
Powers+8.00D to -12.00D
• +8.00 to +6.50 in 0.50 D steps
• +6.00 to -6.00 in 0.25 D steps
• -6.50 to -12.00 in 0.50 D steps

Handling tintLight grey
Material Senofilcon A
(silicone hydrogel)
Water content
38%
Dk/t (i.e. oxygen transmissibility)
121 @ -3.00
Center thickness
0.085 mm @ -3.00
TechnologyHydraclear Plus and Transitions Light Intelligent
Wear typeDaily wear
Replacement scheduleTwo weeks (i.e. throw away at the end of two weeks)
TrialsSingle lenses
Available for purchase 6 packs
Approved to be slept in?Yes (6 nights in a row)
Inside out markings?Yes
Rebate available?Yes
UV protection?Yes (100% UVB & 99% UVA)
Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Review
Overall
4.5
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Summary

Building upon the success of Acuvue Oasys, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions comes with all the benefits of the most popular two-week replacement contact lens AND the most popular photochromic eyeglass lens.

Pros

  • A popular contact lens (Acuvue Oasys) that offers auto-darkening capabilities previously only available with glasses
  • Designed to reduce exposure to bright light – both indoors and outdoors
  • Offers the highest level of UV protection (99% UVA and 100% UVB) in any contact lens
  • Protection against harmful blue light
  • Helps to reduce halos and starbursts at night

Cons

  • In its fully darkened state, may change the appearance of your eye color
  • Does not get as dark as, and is not a substitute for, sunglasses
  • Not available in toric or multifocal parameters

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Amanda Rights, OD
Hello! I'm Dr. Amanda Rights and I'm an optometrist practicing in Boone, North Carolina. I graduated from Appalachian State University and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. I completed my clinical training with a focus on Low Vision and Ocular Disease management. When I'm not practicing optometry, I write OptomEyesLife, an independent ocular health and lifestyle blog that covers current trends in optometry, eye care, eyewear, nutrition, and everything in between.

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