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Every single member of my family wear glasses, my mom and late dad usually wears them for reading, my younger brother is a full time wearer due to short sightedness, and my sister recently had her lasik. I am the lone ranger who can sort of get by without wearing glasses, or so I thought.

Truth is, I always thought I had rather good vision. It wasn’t until when I went to Sepang for a drag race (as spectator, of course) that I found out I actually had problem viewing the timing display a 1/4 mile away while my buddy Kenneth could read it perfectly without any trouble. That’s when he suggested to me that I might suffer from astigmatism and that I should have my eyes checked.

Optical 88 at Suria KLCC, and my choice of frame
Optical 88 at Suria KLCC, and my choice of frame

The first pair of glasses I made was about 4 years ago, right after treating an eye injury I suffered while playing futsal, and it wasn’t until then that my astigmatism was confirmed by professionals.

I started wearing the glasses mostly while driving at night, it was like from normal movie to IMAX high definition, with the improvement even more pronounced when it rains. With astigmatism, glare is usually my biggest enemy.

time to check my eye sight, seems like it's similar to before
time to check my eye sight, seems like it’s similar to before

A couple weeks ago, I went for another eye test (perhaps once in 4 years is a bit slacking it) to get another pair of glasses, this time arranged by Transitions Optical to test drive their adaptive lenses.

The operators at Optical 88, KLCC were very helpful and professional in explaining and conducting the eye test to find out my condition. It was a two step process, starting with a computerized eye check that tells an approximate reading, followed by another detailed and more manual process in which lenses are swapped around in order to find out my exact power (not to be confused with super power.)

activation mid-light, it was just after rain
activation mid-light, it was just after rain

My readings came out to be P, -100, 75 for right eye, and -025, -075, 105 for left eyes (SPH, CYL, AXIS). The lady explained to me that I have mild to moderate astigmatism in both eyes, and a very mild case of short sightedness in my left eye.

I didn’t have the detailed reading from 4 years ago but I believe there weren’t any short sightedness then.

Three days later, I collected my second pair of prescription glasses in my life – this time with adaptive lenses from Transitions Optical.

Transitions vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland
Transitions® lens vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland

For those who aren’t familiar with Transitions lenses, it is basically a very clever technology. The lenses uses a patented photochromic technology that enables rapid activation (darkening of the lens) when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet lights. When UV light is absent, the lens quickly fade back to clear. Other than UV light, temperature also play a part in affecting the reaction time of these lenses as well.

In short, it’s even better than just having a pair of glasses for when you’re indoor, and another pair of sunnies when you’re out, for with Transitions lenses the darkening isn’t just an ON/OFF thing but varying shades in between too. However, it’s good to note that Transitions® lenses do not turn as dark as sunglasses especially in our climate.

adaptive lens is the way to go for motorcycling, can't take off the glasses at will
adaptive lens is the way to go for motorcycling, can’t take off the glasses at will

Back to driving, I find using my new pair of glasses a much more convenient and safer affair.

One of my friends on facebook mentioned his incidence of driving in a tunnel that appeared way too dark, and was about to curse when he realized he was actually still wearing his sunnies. This might sound funny, but is actually also a safety concern. With Transitions lenses, there is no such problem.


outdoor vs indoor, from dark to clear

I tried using sun glasses while riding my bikes before, but with the full face helmet there isn’t a way to take it off when going through tunnels or when it gets too dark. Again, no such problem with my new glasses. It’ll go completely clear and back to dark rather quickly in changing conditions.

Do note that if you use visors with UV protection, the lack of UV inside the helmet will not trigger the darkening of the lenses. My visor happened to be the clear type without UV protection so it worked very well for me.

great view right? not when you're driving, especially with astigmatism
great view right? not when you’re driving, especially with astigmatism

Transitions lenses also blocks 100% of UVA & UBV rays, and designed to work with most prescriptions and frames. They come in either brown or gray, and are safe for any age, including children.

Check this out when it’s time for your next pair of glasses, it’s time to take a serious look into adaptive lenses. If you head to Optical 88 at KLCC, Sunway Pyramid, or Mid Valley, quote “KY” to get yourself a pair of Transitions Adaptive Lenses and walk yourself home with Transitions exclusive travel wallet and name card holder (worth RM59.90) while stock lasts.

Furthermore, to make things more interesting, here’s a little something:

  • Leave a comment to this question: “What do you love about Transitions Lenses and how do they fit perfectly in your daily life?”
  • One lucky winner with the most creative comment will walk home with RM500 vouchers upon prescription of Transitions Lenses in Optical 88!
  • Contest ends by 31st August, 2013
  • The prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable for cash.

Good luck!

For more information, check out transitions.com.my and their facebook page  fb.com/transitions.malaysia