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Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Review

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions


If we have glasses that transition from outdoor light to indoor, why don’t our contacts have that same technology? Thankfully, Acuvue Oasys was thinking the same. Recently, they’ve created the market’s first transition contact lenses to allow for light adaption the way that our eyes deserve. With Acuvue Oasys being one of the world’s most popular contact brands already, these high-quality transition lenses are quickly gaining notoriety, and for great reason, too. Now, they’ve been named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2018.


How do Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Work?


Just as your eyeglasses adjust to the light that they’re exposed to, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions does the same. These contacts contain light adaptive technology, called Transitions Light Intelligent Technology, that senses the amount of light that the contacts are in and adjusts accordingly. Both indoor and out, these contacts are safe and easy to use, creating a comfortable contact experience no matter where you wear them. Acuvue Oasys with Transitions only take less than a minute to completely darken, so you don’t have to sit around waiting for your eyes to adjust--instead, it happens almost instantly.


How do Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Look?


Unfortunately, these transition contact lenses do change the look of your eye depending on the lighting conditions that you’re in. Like transition glasses, as you’re exposed to harsh, outdoor sunlight, your contacts are going to develop a deep, purple-brown color. For most eyes, these contacts do almost entirely cover the iris, making a slightly spooky appearance, but one that can be easily disregarded with some sunglasses.


When this opaque shade is most pronounced is when you’re standing in direct sunlight, so you don’t have to worry about them transitioning in the comfort of your home, office, or out with friends.


On overcast days, you’ll likely notice a more subtle brown tint when walking outside, but not nearly as deep as in direct sunlight.


Who is Acuvue Oasys with Transitions For?


Acuvue Oasys with Transitions are for anybody who spends a significant amount of time in brighter environments, as well as places like labs with artificial lighting where protective eyewear is necessary. Instead of having to wear goggles over your glasses--while straining your eyes in the lighting--you can wear transition lenses for extra protection and ease under your actual protective lens wear.


Transition contacts are also ideal for those who are frequently outside, performing activities that make glasses or sunglasses difficult. Skiing, for example, requires added tint in order for you to see the slopes properly, but with a pair of sunglasses, this is simply a pain. Rather, you can put in a pair of Acuvue Oasys with Transitions, put on your goggles, and hit the snow. This applies to various other outdoor scenarios, too.


In general, anyone who struggles to see in bright lighting can benefit from these transition contacts. If you find yourself squinting frequently when you’re faced in artificial light or sunlight, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions may be the best way to save yourself from that strain and get you seeing comfortably no matter where you are.


Are Transition Lenses Bad for the Eyes?


No! On the contrary, transition lenses tend to be extremely beneficial for the eyes if properly taken care of. Acuvue Oasys with Transitions come standard with added UV protection to assist in filtering out potentially harmful rays. As long as you remove your contacts as the end of the day--they’re not meant for sleeping in--as well as open a fresh pair after two weeks, your eyes will stay happy and healthy.


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Powers and Parameters


The powers and parameters of Acuvue Oasys with Transitions cover most spherical patients, with a range from -12.00 to +8.00. They are only available in one base curve, however.


These transition lenses are available in a bi-weekly modality, so you cannot wear them for more than 14 days without opening a fresh pair. These contacts are not meant to be overworn, so it is crucial to avoid sleeping in them if at all possible.

Note: For storing your Acuvue Oasys Transitions contact lenses, we recommend BiotrueRevitaLens, or Opti-free Pure Moist contact lens solutions.


Does Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Have a Lens for Astigmatism or Presbyopia?


Unfortunately, there are no current toric or multifocal transition lens options from Acuvue Oasys. However, there is a chance that they will release them within the near future. Until then, you’re always welcome to try Acuvue Oasys’ standard contacts for astigmatism or presbyopia; you’ll just have to wear sunglasses, too. 


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How Much Do Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Cost?


With their advanced technology comes a bit of a higher price tag. You can purchase a six-pack of Acuvue Oasys with Transitions for $44.99.


Pros and Cons


No matter how quality a brand is, you’re always going to find both pros and cons. For Acuvue Oasys with Transitions, we’ve quickly broken down their most obvious pros and cons for you below.




  • First-ever contact lens made with the ability to darken in response to lighting changes.
  • Reduces the harsh impact light can have on your eyes, protecting your vision both indoors and out.
  • These contacts provide high-quality UV protection that blocks out harmful rays from damaging your eyes.
  • Great for outdoor activities where sunglasses may be a hindrance.




  • These contacts, while they nicely adjusting to lighting, are not a substitute for sunglasses entirely.
  • Acuvue Oasys with Transitions are not available in toric or multifocal lenses for those with astigmatism or presbyopia.
  • These contacts may change the appearance of your eyes when they are exposed to direct sunlight. They have a distinct deep purple-brown tint after transitioning, occasionally blocking out your natural eye look completely.


Bottom Line


As the very first transition contact lens on the market, there’s bound to be some room for improvement. However, coming from a company as reputable as Acuvue Oasys, they sure created a quality flagship transition lens. With the ability to self-adjust to whatever lighting you’re exposed to, these comfortable contact lenses make travel, outdoor activities, or even just being on your laptop a breeze. They provide added UV protection and help reduce stressful light impact on your eyes, though it’s important to remember that they’re not a replacement for sunglasses entirely.


Unfortunately, they’re currently only available for spherical prescriptions, though there’s a good chance this will change as these transition contact lenses continue to gain popularity. Regardless, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is taking huge steps towards making adjusting to difficult lighting a breeze. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you sleep in Acuvue Oasys Transitions contacts?

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions are not approved for overnight wear, so make sure to take them out each night before you go to sleep! We recommend storing them in BiotrueRevitaLens, or Opti-free Pure Moist contact lens solutions.

How long can I wear Acuvue Oasys Transitions?

Most doctors recommend wearing Acuvue Oasys Transitions for about 14 hours and taking them out at night. They aren't approved to be slept in, so make sure you are storing them in a solution each night. We recommend using BiotrueRevitaLens, or Opti-free Pure Moist.

Can you wear Acuvue Oasys Transitions at night?

Yes, you can wear Acuvue Oasys Transitions at night. The Transitions material only darkens when it interacts with light, so it is safe to wear them at night.

How many days can I wear Acuvue Oasys Transitions?

You can wear Acuvue Oasys Transitions for up to two weeks before you need to throw them away and get a new pair. If you want an Acuvue lens you can wear for a month at a time, take a look at Acuvue Vita.

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