• CAPITOL INSIGHT - How bad is UV for our eyes?

    CAPITOL INSIGHT - How bad is UV for our eyes?
    My name is Ai Ling!
    I have been working as an optometrist with Capitol Optical for the past 10 years.
    I have enjoyed every day of my work, as I always get to mingle with customers, providing them with primary eye care and various optical solutions to complement their lifestyle. 
    As a primary eye care provider, I get to use optical equipment to pick up any signs of ocular abnormalities. It is very important for everyone to have their eyes checked annually to ensure that eye health and sight is preserved.
    In Singapore, we are exposed to a high level of UV and in turn, it increases our risk of eye conditions such as pterygium, cataracts and macular degeneration.
    Created by the World Health Organization, the UV Index (UVI) is a measure to indicate the level of UV radiation in an area. The higher the UVI recorded, the greater the potential for damage to your skin and eyes.

    Currently, Singapore's UVI is 11.5, which makes us a country with one of the world’s highest UVI scores. Given that Singapore has such high UV levels all year round, it is very important for us to be vigilant in sun protection to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of UV damage.

    In light of this, we should always opt for a product that offers both UVA and UVB protection.
    By wearing sunglasses or optical lenses with transition features, we will be able to block 100% of UVA and UVB. As for contact lenses, it's able to block up to 99% of UV-B and approximately 97% of UV-A. Therefore, UV-blocking contact lenses are not substitutes for UV protection eyewear, such as sunglasses, because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding areas.
    With Love,
    Ai Ling
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