Sunday, February 23, 2014

New Crizal Transitions Spectacles for Day to Night

If you wear spectacles, you'd probably have heard of Crizal or Transitions lenses.

Crizal lenses are famous for offering 360° protection from the damaging UV rays to fighting the 5 enemies of clear vision such as glare, scratches, smudges, dust and water. Transitions lenses on the other hand are adaptive lenses that change colour when exposed to UV light. The greater the intensity of UV rays, the darker the lenses become. When UV light is no longer present, the lenses fade back to clear.

Both are great on their own, but when their powers combine... the end result is pretty awesome. The boy is a huge fan and has been raving about them for years. ALL of the boy's specs are fitted with Crizal Transitions lenses because he doesn't use contact lenses and as he says, since his eyes are so small, if he doesn't use Transition lenses with the glaring sun, he can't even open his eyes! :P

Anyway while I use Crizal lenses for my specs, I never bothered with the Transitions part because most of the time when the sun is too glaring, I'm wearing my contacts and use my sunglasses. I usually wear my specs to work or at home only.


During our trip to Northern Territory, we had to fly in from Alice Springs to see the iconic Uluru. I also never fly wearing my contact lenses because a) it's not good {some might say even dangerous since it's the number one cause for eye infections} to sleep with them and I tend to nap on plane rides and, b) wearing them on planes makes my eyes feel dry. On touchdown we were whisked off immediately to Uluru and since I packed them in my luggage, which was sent to the hotel, I couldn't put them on before we went to Uluru!

It was very bright and sunny in the dessert. I could either choose to squint through my specs which didn't have any Transitions coating, or open my eyes wide through my sunglasses but see fuzzy images {I'm 550 degrees in both eyes}. I chose to protect my eyes from the strong light with the sunglasses instead.. so there I was, in the middle of one of the most spectacular places of the world, and everything was a blur #fml I was kicking myself the whole time but thank goodness we had another trip to Uluru planned the next day to catch the sunrise. 

Moral of the story? Pack extra contact lenses in your hand-carry or even better, get a pair of spectacles with Crizal Transitions lenses haha

Just earlier this month, a new Crizal Transitions Signature lenses with Chromea7 technology was launched in Singapore. Transitions Signature VII is the most responsive everyday adaptive lenses ever, and the first update in 6 years for Transitions lenses. Recently, I had new specs made at W Optics and with these fitted in. I've had my current pair for about 6 years and as much as I love its comfort, it was about time to change as the colour was starting to peel. Plus, I didn't want to be caught in that situation again :P

The main difference between this generation of Crizal Transitions lenses and the last is that they activate and fade back in more weather conditions faster, from sunny to cloudy and everything in-between. They also adapt very well to indirect UV light, such as those reflected from buildings or cars.. I found it pretty amazing that when you're wearing them, you hardly even notice the colour change! Even when the lenses are really dark, you still see through the lenses as though they were clear.

It's not only the Transitions part the leveled up. Transitions Signature VII is paired with Crizal Forte UV in this new launch. With Crizal Forte UV, besides combating the usual problems eg. scratches, smudges, water drops etc., it's the only lenses able to filter away harmful UV exposure from the front and back.

Did you know there's such thing as E-SPF?? When I was getting my new specs, the optician told me it stands for Eye-Sun Protection Factor, which like the the index used to rate skin care and sunscreen products’ efficiency, E-SPF helps consumers understand the level of UV protection provided by their eyewear. Crizal Forte UV is equipped with E-SPF 25 {means the wearer is 25x more protected against UV than without any lens}, and that's 5x more than any other lenses currently available in the market. Yay to more protection for the eyes!

I absolutely LOVE my new spectacles :) Think I've only worn my contacts once since I got it heh.

Crizal Transitions Signature lenses with Chromea7 technology is available in two colours - gray and brown, from all major optical stores island-wide. Prices start from S$248/pair and seeing that your spectacles can now double up as a pair of sunglasses as well, it's good value-for-money and a worthy investment if you treasure your eyes.


Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

Oh Ai, I love how much your hubby loves you... it makes my heart sing! xxx

Rina said...

That is awesome! I am cylindric 1 no minus, couldn't find contact lenses for that so have to wear specs all the time. You look good in it Ai, so does your hubby :)

Masshole Mommy said...

My husband has transition lenses and swears by them! I think they were a really cool invention!

mail4rosey said...

I hate when I leave my glasses somewhere and I need them. Hubby took me to a ballet last year for our anniversary and I forgot my glasses and couldn't see a bit of the show.

I wear contacts sometimes, but mostly just tote my glasses around for when I need them.

These you've got on here look great!! I like the pics too. You and your husband look happy in them. :)

Ai Sakura said...

Emily: thanks Em! Very blessed indeed xox

Rina: Oh you should really look into these then!

Masshole Mommy: Ahh yes! Exactly what my hubby said too haha

Mail4Rosey: I keep losing mine at home too hahahah... thank you, having a good pair of specs really helps :)

Stacy said...

LOL on your specs vs sunglasses dilemma in Uluru!

Erm I have another solution... just got myself those sunglasses that fit over specs. :)

Paula said...

The thing that stood out to me in this post was what an adorable couple you are!!! I love the last photo :)

renae said...

SUPER FUN photos and post. Thank you for the encourage words of strength! I sooooooooo appreciate it!

Theresa Mahoney said...

You two are just too cute! I have an issue with always leaving my glasses at home, but always carry my sunglasses in my handbag. I love that these transition so you only need 1 pair! Fabulous!

Ai Sakura said...

Stacy: do they fit on all kinds of specs?

Paula: :)

Renae: no problem!

Theresa: Yes so so convenient haha

SamT said...

These glasses are perfect for you! I hope I can have time this week to get transition glasses at EO. I'm so busy the last couple of weeks that I've delayed my purchase. Huhu.