Transitions Optical

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Transitions Optical, Inc.
Subsidiary of Essilor
Industry Optical; Eyewear; Eyeglass
Founded 1990 (1990)
Headquarters Tuam, Ireland
Area served
Key people
Rick Elias, Chief Executive Officer and President
Dave Cole, Chief Operating Officer
Products Prescription eyeglass lenses; photochromic lenses; sun lenses
Number of employees
1,200 (2009)

Transitions Optical was founded in 1990.[1] In 1991, Transitions Optical became the first company to commercialize and manufacture plastic photochromic lenses.[2] From inception the company has been a joint venture between PPG Industries (51%) and Essilor (49%).[3][4]. In April 2014, Essilor acquired the 51% stake of PPG in Transitions.[5]

Transitions lenses are also called adaptive lenses. They are clear indoors and at night and automatically darken outdoors as light conditions change. They block 100% of UV rays and help to enhance contrast and reduce glare.[6] In addition to original Transitions lenses that are for everyday wear,[7][8] Transitions Optical also makes Transitions XTRActive[9] lenses that change from light tint indoors to very dark outdoors,[10] and Transitions adaptive sun wear[11] that go from dark to darker outdoors depending on the sun and are available worldwide.[12][13]

Throughout the 1990s, Transitions Optical established offices in Europe, Asia/Pacific, South America, Australia and Canada. Transitions Optical has more than 1,200 employees worldwide and offices throughout 15 countries.

The Transitions Healthy Sight for Life Fund supports individuals, as well as global, regional and local organizations, that aim to create awareness about the importance of proper eyecare and eyewear, as well as those organizations that are working to eliminate preventable blindness.[14]

Since 2009, Transitions Optical has been the title sponsor of the Transitions Championship, a PGA Tour event held at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida.[15][16] Transitions Optical is the Official Eyewear of the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour.[17] The company also sponsors pro cycling Team Garmin-Cervelo.[18]

In addition to partnering with a number of organizations worldwide, Transitions Optical North American is affiliated with several industry organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Vision Council,[19] the American Optometric Association,[20] the World Council of Optometry,[21] and the Optical Laboratories Association.[22]


  1. ^ "Transitions Optical | Photochromic Glasses | Adaptive Lens Technology". 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Business Magazine | BABM | Featurestory l Transitions Optical Changing Their Outlook by David Liller". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  3. ^ "History of Our Eye Care Innovation | Transitions Optical". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  4. ^ Gannon, Joyce (15 January 2013). "PPG, Essilor may make transition – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  5. ^ "Essilor finalizes the acquisition of Transitions Optical". 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Transitions". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Make the Transition", Skylights Magazine, March–April 2010 
  8. ^ Marie, Dee, Transitions Lenses Review, retrieved 2 November 2010 
  9. ^ "Transitions XTRActive | Photochromic Lenses | Transitions Optical". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  10. ^ "Transitions Lenses: Premium Eyewear Lenses that Adapt to Sunlight". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  11. ^ "Transitions Adaptive Sunglasses | Photochromic Lenses | Transitions". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  12. ^ "Boat and Gear Guide", Rapid Magazine, February 2009 
  13. ^ Cullinan, Bob (June 14, 2010), This Week's Freebie -- Garmin-Transitions Team Optics,, retrieved 2015-03-17 
  14. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  15. ^ "Transitions Optical Sees Gold in Tournament Sponsorship", Tampa Bay Business Journal, March 9, 2009 
  16. ^ "No More Doom and Gloom for Innisbrook", Tampa Tribune, March 14, 2009 
  17. ^ "Transitions Optical Partners with PGA TOUR", Tampa Bay Business Journal, August 20, 2008 
  18. ^ [1] Archived January 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ [2] Archived April 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ "Congressmen". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  21. ^ "VM – Transitions Optical Launches Healthy Sight Institute". 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  22. ^ "Transitions Optical | Photochromic Glasses | Adaptive Lens Technology". 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 

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