GEN 8 lenses
soon in Canada
Elise Bioche, vice-president of global
marketing for Transitions Optical, and
Luc Nouvelot, global research & devel-
opment director at Transitions Optical.
By Denis Langlois
Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses are set to launch
this fall in Canada.
The next generation of Transitions Signature lenses
are the result of more than five years of product
research and development involving more than
100 people and will deliver the next frontier of
The new lenses were developed using breakthrough
technology that combines a disruptive
nanocomposite matrix and a new generation of
ultra-agile photochromic dyes. This matrix creates
free zones for improved dye mobility. Not only can
the dyes move more freely, but it is also more stable
and consistent in its performance.
Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses are faster in
activation and fadeback and are even darker than
previous generations. The lenses also block 100 per
cent of ultraviolet light and help protect the eyes
from harmful blue light indoors and out.
30 Optical Prism | July 2019
Recently, Optical Prism magazine spoke with
Elise Bioche, vice-president of global marketing for
Transitions Optical, and Luc Nouvelot, global research
& development director at Transitions Optical, about
the science and R&D behind the new lenses.
OP: First off, what sets these new lenses apart
from other generations of Transitions lenses?
Elise Bioche: For the photochromic wearers, the
people that are already wearing Transitions lenses,
one of the improvements they can expect is on the
fadeback speed. Today, the fadeback is about four
minutes, so the time it takes to come back inside and
remove my coat.
What’s mindblowing about this new generation is
that usually when you improve on one dimension,
you lose on the other. But here, actually, you improve
on the fadeback quite dramatically, without losing
on anything and in fact improving on darkness and
improving on the activation speed.