Transitions Optical, Inc.

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In the Matter of Transitions Optical, Inc., a corporation
FTC Matter/File Number:

091 0062

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

The Commission challenged that Transitions Optical, Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer of photochromic treatments that darken corrective lenses used in eyeglasses, used allegedly anticompetitive practices to maintain its monopoly and increase prices. Photochromic treatments are applied to eyeglass lenses to protect the eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light. Treated lenses darken when exposed to UV light and fade back to clear when the UV light diminishes. The FTC charges that the company illegally maintained its monopoly by engaging in exclusive dealing at nearly every level of the photochromic lens distribution chain.