Crizal Lenses: Live Life in the Clear: Features Part 2

I have been testing my replacement pair for about a week now and yay, this pair is now a real Crizal-equipped one. Here’s a short, succinct review of Crizal’s claim to combat the 5 enemies of lenses (reflections, scratches, smudges, water and dust.

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Reflections
Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - No More Glare

Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - No More Glare

Crizal lenses eliminate reflections and ‘ghost’ images caused by artificial light. No more sudden ‘starburst’ glares from car headlights, or dizziness from prolonged staring at computer screens. When I received my pair at Capitol Optical, I immediately looked up and stared at the ceiling lights to check this. My old pair tended to add those flares and star-like glow from any light source. It was quite irritating. For this new Crizal pair, I have had no problems when staring at any light source. I have yet to wear this pair for night cycling yet though.

Scratches
Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - No more Scratches

Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - No more Scratches

Crizal’s scratch-resistant coating ensures optimal visual clarity at all times. Again, I really hate lines appearing across my lenses. It is not only distracting, it is also hurts the eye. A week on, no matter whether I use tissue or the micro-fibre cloth, no lines have appeared. Another thing, Crizal lenses are much smoother than my old glasses. Wiping away dirt or fingerprints takes almost no effort at all. Without the need to press hard on Crizal lenses when cleaning, it may also explain why scratches do not form too.

Smudges
Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - What Smudges?

Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - What Smudges?

Honestly, Crizal’s lenses are not 100% anti-smudge. The lenses are still relatively susceptible to fingerprint smudges, especially if you have real dirty or oily palms and fingers. The thing here to note is that Crizal lenses ‘repel’ smudges by making those oily marks easy to clean off. Just use anything clean and you can wipe them off. You can even use your fingers (must be clean though) to rid your Crizal lenses of smudges. Try it to believe it.

Water
Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - RainX-like

Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - RainX-like

Similar to how RainX coating repels water off your car windows, Crizal lenses do repel water relatively well. However, small droplets will still remain on the lenses. This phenomena also applies to the RainX coating on cars. When the majority of the water droplets drip away from the RainX coated glass, very small droplets are left behind. This can be explained by some chemistry or physics theory, but I think I shall not go into that now. Too boring. 🙂 However, just wipe the small droplets away, and tada, you get super clear lenses again.

Dust
Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - Lesser dust particles

Image | BIG_MOUSE | Crizal - Lesser dust particles

This feature can be seen quite clearly. Look at how the dust particles obscure the road sign. Small, humorous details in their advertisement articles. nice.

Obviously, we Singaporeans do not have the chance to go off-road so I had to contend with a simple test. During the short period when PSI levels were quite high, I cleaned both my new and my old pair, and then left them alone. Comparing them side-by-side after a few hours, quite a few particles had already attached themselves to my old pair. The Crizal-equipped one also had dust particles on it. However, with just a puff of air (from my mouth duh), the dust ‘flies’ away. 🙂 As for my old glasses, I just kept it immediately after the test as cleaning it would be quite a chore. 🙂

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This shall be the last post glorifying the benefits of Crizal Lenses (for now). I really hope that you are now more informed about this revolutionary equipment. A real good investment to protect your eyes too. My dad got influenced to get a Crizal-equipped pair too, what about you?

Feel free to drop me a comment should you have any more questions or clarifications. For more information, please read my other posts or visit Crizal’s official website.

A compilation of posts about Crizal

  1. I hear something new…New technology for lenses
  2. Crizal Lenses: An Introduction
  3. Crizal Lenses: My First Media Conference
  4. Crizal lenses: Key Features Part 1
  5. Crizal lenses: My very own
  6. Crizal Lenses: Live Life in the Clear: Features Part 2

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Crizal lenses: Key Features Part 1

I hate dust, scratches, smudges, fingerprints, oil stains, water stains and droplets on my front windscreen. I clean my Dyno silicon wipers (they are quite good actually) on a regular basis to ensure that they can efficiently clean my windscreen when I really need it. I even apply rain-x on all my other glass surfaces except on the front windscreen.

I hate dust, scratches, smudges, fingerprints, oil stains, water stains and droplets on my laptop screen or computer monitor. I have a ready bottle of screen cleaning fluid (no, not the monster one) to attack those irritants. That’s why I don’t like people jabbing their fingers on my screens.

I hate dust, scratches, smudges, fingerprints, oil stains, water stains and droplets on my spectacles too. Don’t you just hate it when you look at a light source and you see halo effects because of micro scratches on your lenses. When I yawn, some micro waters droplets tend to stick to the inside of my lenses, producing water marks. When cycling, beads of perspiration also tend to drip onto my lenses obscuring my vision. Apart from being irritating, it is also a safety hazard somewhat. Lastly, my spectacles is like a dust magnet. I have to clean them almost every day. I like my spectacles, or more accurately, my lenses to be as transparent and as unobtrusive as possible.

Image | BIG_MOUSE | Irritants

Image | BIG_MOUSE | Enemies of clear vision

Crizal lenses are able to resist all these enemies of clear vision as demonstrated by Daen from Vibes Communications. He compared the differences between traditional lenses and Crizal-equipped lenses.

Crizal lenses are anti-static so dust particles are not attracted to the surface of the lenses. Definitely, it is not 100% able to repel all particles. If there are leftover dust particles (if any), dust it off lightly with supplied cleaning cloth and they will come off. Same thing with fingerprints, they come off so so easily. No matter how hard I tried to smudge oily fingerprints on Crizal-equipped lenses, it wouldn’t stay there. I could even use my fingers to wipe those said prints right off.

Also, it would seem as though rain-x was applied to the lenses. Water droplets bead up and slide right off. No more watermarks anymore eh? nice.

I was really impressed with the demonstrations that day and I can’t wait (tuesday come quick) to experiment those very features that differentiates Crizal lenses from the others.

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Crizal Lenses: My First Media Conference

Okay, fine, it is not really a conference. It’s more like a 1-1 media briefing, but the feeling’s actually quite awesome. My first official media briefing session. Good experience before my official 6-month internship. Thanks to Hui Ting (senior pr executive, vibes communications) for arranging this session at Capitol Optical @ Raffles City and Daen (asst. pr manager, vibes communications) for conducting the briefing/introductory session.

Photo | skyline imaging | Dust & water get repelled from Crizal lenses

Photo | skyline imaging | Dust & water get repelled from Crizal lenses

Daen demonstrated the various features of Crizal lenses and tested out the various technology that went into those lenses. He gave me a chance to experience the superior dust and water repelling capabilities myself. It was really impressive. He also explained about the various ranges that Crizal offers.  All in all, they were really friendly and professional.

Photo | skyline imaging | E, N, Y, L

Photo | skyline imaging | E, N, Y, L

Qin Li from Capitol Optical then handled my eye check, and once again, the process of choosing an appropriate frame involved almost everyone there. Daen preferred plastic frames with round lenses which, well, I can’t pull off well (=p), Irwin and Kai waneds me to wear something different, really different. wow! haha.

After about 30 minutes (right?), Daen found a Police branded frame that was quite comfortable and refreshing. It was quite a bit more expensive as compared to frames from your neighbourhood shops though.

It was quite a great experience. 🙂

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Crizal Lenses: An Introduction

Thanks to the people at Vibes Communications, I will be equipped with a new pair of spectacles, not just any normal pair, but one with Crizal lenses with Transitions.

My earlier post talked about how this new technology from Essilor seemed so interestingly fresh. It’s a real surprise how could I ever miss news or announcements about this. This new breakthrough in lens technology has gotten me real excited about spectacles again. The only ever time, a long time ago, that got me swooning over spectacles, was when Transitions was launched. However, it was way out of my reach then, and NS had loads of rules.

It’s so normal for us to be more interested in choosing the nicest, coolest, trendiest frame to fit our face shape, our style and our usual clothes. During my primary school days, I always love to try on my classmate’s glasses just to see if I look cool in them (which may explain why my vision got reduced from a high of 6/6). No one mentioned about anything about the lenses at all. During my secondary schools days, yes, maybe I started to enquire about lens coating (multicoat vs. single coating) because again, it looks cool to see multiple colours on your lenses instead of the simple white reflection. I didn’t know what it was for then. My main focus was to choose a frame that fits me, and to let the opticians select the lenses.

Essilor’s range of Crizal lenses will hopefully change that perception that all lenses are the same. I also hope that when I get my spectacles a week from now, my preconception, about how lenses are no different from one another, will change too.

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