Two weeks ago, when I came across the new Crizal technology lenses by Essilor, I was quite skeptical even though I blogged about it (you can read the previous blog post here). I kept wondering to myself – how is it possible that a spectacle could be resistant to fingerprint smudges and repels water and dust?
Thanks to the peeps from Vibes Communication and Essilor Singapore, I was fitted with a pair of Crizal lens spectacles last week! Being the anal me who pays particular attention to every single dust particle that lands on my spectacles or laptop screen, I was quite excited to test out the new technology! And hey-ho, guess what? Crizal indeed lives up to its claims!
Fitted my lenses at Capitol Optical (Raffles City). The staff there are really friendly! Photo | Irwin Tan
Huiting from Vibes Communication demonstrating the water-repelling function of the Crizal lens. Photo | Irwin Tan
Me with my new Crizal lens spectacle!
And if you’ve noticed, Crizal advertisements are building up prominence in shopping centres, and their teasers are also playing in cinemas before movies. Here’s another teaser from Essilor about the new Crizal lens!
So I did up an intensive review of the said functions, and compared it with my old spectacles which are probably more than 3 years old.
Fingerprint and Smudges
No more fingerprints! Well, not 100% gone I would say, but it’s a huge improvement from any other ordinary plastic or glass lenses you get at the optician. Sure, your fingerprint will be there if you were to rub your nose after a day out and deliberately press down on your lens, but Crizal’s in-built smudge repellant eliminates most of these occurrence! To prove it, I’ve embedded a video of a hands-on demonstration I did with both my spectacles!
For those who engage in frequent watersports activities, this will come in useful! However, as I’ve mentioned above in the ‘Fingerprints and Smudges’ section, you can’t expect a 100% repelling function on Crizal lenses. However, it does assist in water to “slide” off your lenses faster than ordinary glasses – and will definitely come in useful. You will never need to worry about experiencing blurred vision on a rainy day, and will be able to enjoy the clear and beautiful scenery if you’re out para-sailing or canoeing.
Here’s a short demonstration again!
I’ve never actually documented the reflection-elimination ability of the Crizal lens, but it definitely helps, especially since I spend most of my travelling time behind a wheel. If you’re always complaining about staring straight into bright red brake lights of other vehicles while at a traffic light or stuck in a jam, Crizal lenses will eliminate these reflections, and enhances your vision and comfort!
Or rather, minimal, again I would say. Don’t expect 100% elimination of dust particles – definitely some will be stuck on the glasses at any point in time! Standard lenses attract dust because of static electricity, which is more prevalent when we rub a piece of tissue paper across the lens. However, the anti-static properties of Crizal helps keep dust and grit particles at bay, allowing you to enjoy crisp and clear vision all day long!
Huiting from Vibes Communication did a demonstration using styrofoam balls enclosed in a box demonstrating the dust-repelling ability of the Crizal technology:
It’s a little hard to see but if you notice carefully, there are more styrofoam balls stuck to the surface of the non-Crizal technology box compared to the Crizal technology-enabled side. Photo | Irwin Tan
I tested this personally by rubbing a piece of tissue paper over two different lenses. Spot the difference :) Photo | Irwin Tan
Scratches will ultimately affect your vision – you can’t deny that. My current pair of spectacles have been scratched beyond control, although I could swear that I’ve never mistreated it or thrown it around and scrapping it across rough surfaces. However, Crizal’s scratch resistant and easy-care lenses are ideal of all who engage in an active lifestyle! (That doesn’t mean you can simply throw your lenses around though!)
Types of Crizal Lenses available
Of course, Crizal allows you to customize your lenses according to your needs. The table below shows the different stages of lenses available.
Crizal offers three stages of lenses suitable for customization needs.
Prices range from S$60 for the Crizal Standard, S$90 for the Crizal Easy and S$110 for the Crizal Advanced. Graphic | Vibes Communication
Also, if you have a high degree of myopia, long sightedness or astigmatism, fret not! Crizal will be able to customize a suitable pair of lenses for you too, although prices might range a little higher from S$500 for a degree of 800 with astigmatism.
Crizal’s Certificate of Authenticity
For every Crizal lens purchased, you will receive a Certificate of Authenticity from Essilor, and your lens comes with 1 year warranty against any manufacturing defects (this does not include scratches you inflict as a result of test comparison or negligence though!)
Photo | Irwin Tan
Overall, I’m extremely satisfied with my Crizal lens, being the ‘anal’ me who cannot stand having a speck of dust particle on my glasses at any point in time! Try out the new Crizal lens at any optician now!
About Essilor Singapore
Founded in 1972, Essilor is a worldwide leader in developing and manufacturing ophthalmic lenses, lens coating and dispensary technologies. Premium eyeglass lenses from Essilor are the result of more than 150 years of advanced research, innovation and technology.
Essilor offers a wide range of lenses under the flagship Varilux®, Crizal®, Essilor® and Definity® brands to correct myopia, hyperopia, presboypia and astigmatism. The company has subsidiaries in more than 30 countries and is represented in more than 100 countries with major production centers in Europe, North and Central America and Asia.
For more information, visit www.essilor.com.sg