transitions-glassesTransitions Optical Partners with ESS (Eye Safety Systems, Inc.) for new Adaptive Crossbow Eyeshield. Crossbow’s indoor/outdoor usage ideal for military, law-enforcement and fire and rescue professionals.

PINELLAS PARK, Fla., July, 2014 – Transitions Optical, Inc. and ESS announced the introduction of a new ballistic Crossbow eyeshield, using a Transitions® adaptive sun lens. The Crossbow Photochromic, which incorporates Transitions Optical’s industry-leading light-management technology, is an extension of ESS’s highly acclaimed line of Crossbow eyeshields and allows wearers to use a single ballistic eye piece for both indoor and outdoor use.

The Crossbow Photochromic is a premium addition to the ESS product line, which redefines functional eye protection for military and public safety professionals. The non-prescription lens is nearly clear indoors and in dim light conditions, providing a visible light transmission (VLT) range of 86 percent to 24 percent, and conveniently darkens outdoors to provide comfort from bright light and protection from harmful UV rays.

“Safety professionals are a perfect fit for using photochromic technology – optimal vision can truly have an effect on their job performance,” said Sandy Callwood, marketing manager, Transitions Optical, sunwear. “Since the new Crossbow Photochromic eyeshield features our cutting-edge Transitions adaptive sun lens technology, wearers can be rest assured they will have the best possible vision in all lighting conditions.”

“Thanks to Transitions Optical’s photochromic technology, wearers can go from a bright light situation, move indoors and know that the Transitions adaptive sun lens will rapidly adjust to the light conditions providing the greatest level of vision safety,” said Chris Dawson, product manager, ESS.

The ESS Crossbow Photochromic meets the U.S. MIL SPEC PRF 31013 (clause, ANSI Z87.1-2010, and US OSHA requirements. Additionally, for wearers with prescription eyewear needs, ESS currently offers two Rx insert options for the Crossbow: the nylon framed P-2B Rx Insert and the wire-framed Vice Rx Insert.

The Crossbow Photochromic One kit includes a black Crossbow frame, light-adapting photochromic lens, microfiber cleaning pouch, elastic retention strap and hard case, and is available now to purchase from ESS’s secure website and through military, law enforcement and fire rescue product dealers.

About ESS
Established in 1998, Eye Safety Systems, Inc. (ESS) creates advanced eye protection system for military, law enforcement and fire/rescue professionals. Designed for the plant’s most hostile and unforgiving environments, ESS products feature cutting-edge technologies and patented innovations to ensure peak performance and uncompromised eye safety.

Headquartered in Hailey, Idaho, ESS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oakley, Inc. ESS eye pro is manufactured in Foothill Ranch, California, and sold in over 90 countries. For more information, please visit

About Transitions Optical, Inc.
Transitions Optical is the leading provider of plastic photochromic (adaptive) lenses to optical manufacturers worldwide. Having been the first to successfully manufacture and commercialize plastic adaptive lenses in 1990, and as a result of its relentless investment in research and development and technology, Transitions Optical offers a wide variety of products, setting new standards of advanced performance to provide ever increasing visual comfort and UV protection.