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  • 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
  • Lens Cleaning Solutions from ZEISS

    Lens Cleaning Solutions from ZEISS

    Tips for gentle spectacle care to ensure a long spectacle lens life

    ZEISS Lens Cleaning Solutions

    Modern spectacle lens coatings, such as DuraVision® Platinum from ZEISS, provide great benefits thanks to their optimised hardness properties. However, caring for and cleaning the lenses correctly is very important for everyone who wears spectacles. This is because no optical equipment is exposed to the same mechanical strains and environmental influences as spectacle lenses.

    Why is caring for spectacle lenses so important?

    • High quality spectacle lenses are an investment. A financial investment not only in better vision but also in a better attitude to life and your own safety.
    • Incorrect spectacle cleaning can cause microscopic scratches - which are initially invisible - on the spectacle lenses. Gradually, the spectacle lens wears down, the potential of the even the best lenses is diminished and vision is ultimately impaired.
    • Scratches cannot be removed from modern plastic or mineral spectacle lenses. The lenses have to be replaced.

    Perfect care & cleaning for all spectacle lenses

    • Rinse spectacle lenses at home under running, lukewarm water. With a high performance Clean Coat coating, the water droplets can easily be shaken off or they can be wiped dry with a lens microfibre cloth.
    • For more stubborn soiling, appropriate spectacle cleaning sprays can make thorough cleaning easier when used in conjunction with a lens microfibre cloth.
    • When out and about, cleaning with a lens microfibre cloth is fine, but the best solution is to use pre-moistened lens cleaning wipes from ZEISS, which are proven not to attack the lens.
    • Approximately every six months, you should take your spectacles to your optician for cleaning in an ultrasound bath. This also gently cleans the spectacle frames.

    Avoid damaging your spectacles!

    • Do not clean spectacle lenses with clothing, towels or paper.
    • Do not use commercial glass or household cleaners for cleaning spectacles.
    • Do not put spectacles down on the lenses, always on the frames. Always store spectacles in a spectacle case wrapped in a microfiber cloth to avoid damage by shaking the case.
    • Do not expose spectacles to high temperatures of more than 80 °C (e. g. in a sauna or on the car dashboard in sunlight).
    • To avoid damage to the spectacle frames and thus to the centring, do not put glasses on casually with one hand.
  • CAPITOL Launches New Progressive Lens: Varilux X Series

    Capitol Optical launches Varilux X Series

    Xclusive Launch at CAPITOL

    Essilor has launched its latest innovation to enhance the visual experience of presbyopes – going one step further in understanding the evolving needs of wearers and putting them at the heart of its innovation process.

    Group designers have focused efforts on improving vision at arm’s length – reflecting the multitude of near vision tasks of today’s lifestyles. The Varilux® X series™ in particular has been designed to meet the ever-changing expectations of Generation X, consumers born between 1965 and 1980, who are highly active, digitally connected and don’t want to be limited by their vision. But it’s also a progressive lens that ensures quality vision at every distance for all active presbyopes.

    By re-shaping a specific zone in the lens, it overcomes a typical frustration with many progressive lenses – having to adjust one’s head to find the right angle. The Varilux® X series™ lens is the result of innovation in lens design with Xtend™ technology which delivers additional benefits for today’s near vision demands. Combined with a new calculator Essilor is able to design each lens with much greater precision taking into account multiple targets for one gaze direction.

    Nearly 3,000 presbyopes around the world participated in the development of the Varilux® X series™ through focus group interviews, video selfies and new methodologies of wearer testing including Essilor’s new HouseLab™ – a controlled home environment to observe and discuss wearer experiences.

    Capitol is proud to launch of Varilux® X series™ in Singapore, more than 100 eye care professionals locally have already begun to explore the benefits of this revolutionary progressive lens.

    Visit our boutiques today to be the early adopters.