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Like many primary school students in Singapore, your child may be wearing spectacles. In fact, around the world, specs are the most widely-used aid to correct vision problems like myopia. To meet the different needs of wearers, there is a wide variety of specially designed lenses. Here, we explain some of them.

 

Lenses with different coating or tinting

  1. UV CoatingUV Coating (Image)

    This provides ultraviolet (UV) protection for your eyes by blocking damage to your eyes by the sun’s harmful rays. Overexposure to UV rays is believed to cause cataracts, retinal damage and other eye problems. Sunglasses should have at least 95% UV coating to prevent damage to your eyes.

     

  2. Hard CoatingHard Coating (image)

    A clear, hard coating makes these lenses more scratch-resistant.



     

  3. Multi-CoatingMulti Coating (Image)

    Lenses with an anti-reflective coating or multi-coating helps to minimise the glare, reflections, and halos around lights. This is useful for safety purposes when you are driving at night.


     

  4. PhotochromicPhotochromic (Image)

    Photochromic lenses change from a light colour to a dark colour depending on the amount of UV light that they are exposed to.



     

  5. TintingTinting (image)

    Tints are available on plastic as well as glass lenses



     

Caring for your spectacles

Proper care can help your pair last longer.

  • Wash your spectacles in warm water daily. Wash or blow off dust or grit. Always dry them with a soft cotton or cleaning cloth. Never wipe them with paper products as these may scratch the lenses.
  • To keep lenses scratch-free, do not place spectacles face down on any surface.
  • When not in use, store your spectacles in their protective case. Do not put them into your pocket as they could fall out or get bent out of shape.
  • Always put on or take off your spectacles with both hands, to keep them well-fitted and also preserve their life span.