Last week, my husband came home with our 6-year-old daughter from her jazz class and announced grimly: “she needs glasses!”
It turned out that they were playing the “let’s read the numbers on the license plate of the car in front of us” game on the ride home and she was “losing” because the numbers were “fuzzy” around the sides and she could not make out what it was.
Was it a case of short-sightedness or dyslexia? We ruled out the latter and hoped that the former was not true, but decided to take her to the “Eye Doctor” anyway just to be sure.
To our dismay, she DID need to wear glasses. We had been so stringent about following the “eye care tips”, so what went wrong?
According to The Singapore Cohort Study of the Risk Factors of Myopia (SCORM), nearsightedness (or myopia) is quite prevalent in Singapore. In fact, so many of our children have it that we’ve gaining a reputation as the myopia capital!
Figures show that one in four of our six-year-old kindergarten students have myopia as compared with one in eight in 1996. More sobering is the fact that by the time they graduate from primary school, over 50% of their cohorts will have myopia and by the time they enter college, the number would have risen to 83%.
Search For THE Light
Resigned to the fate that our youngest child has joined the ranks of the bespectacled, we were nevertheless resolved to ensure that her condition does not worsen. As the good Universe will have it, into our mailbox came the 3MTM Polarizing Light (BL5100).
What a gorgeous beauty! As soon as it came out of the box, my eight-year-old son let out a whistle and said, “Cool!”
It’s ergonomic design, sleek complexion and light touch switch all said one thing – SEXY!
It has a weighted base that comes with an anti-skid pad, which means that it will not topple over easily (useful when you have young children in the house).
And it’s head, neck and arm are highly flexible and adjustable. Best of all, there are no additional parts for this mum to assemble (I love how easy it is to move it).
Now, this is a lamp that I will proudly display in my living room. But will it pass the final test – is it user-friendly?
We put our newly acquired lamp to the test in three crucial areas where reading is done most in our home – the study room where big brother works, the living room where the piano resides and finally, the bedroom where bedtime stories are read.
We’ve always thought that the light in all our rooms were sufficiently bright for reading. But when we turned on the 3M™ Polarizing Light, BL5100, we realized how wrong we were. See the difference in the lighting of the before and after pictures below.
Initially, I was concerned about the glare of the light, and worried that it will strain the eyes, or cause fatigue and headaches. But the light was bright enough that we could read comfortably without straining the eyes. Also, the lamp has a Polarizing Filter that effectively reduces the glare. This new and innovative technology also blocks out UV rays and allows heat to dissipate quickly, so it didn’t feel warm having the lamp on.
The Verdict: The lamp passed the aesthetics and functionality tests with flying colours. I LIKE it, and in my son’s words, “can we keep the lamp?”
3M™ Polarizing Light, BL5100 is available at Best Denki, Homefix DIY, POPULAR Bookstores and other major retailers in black or grey.
We have 5 sets of 3MTM Polarizing Light (BL5100) worth $189 to give away!!
Tell us in 100 words or less why you need a 3MTM Polarizing Light (BL5100) and send your answer, name, I/C number, mobile and email address to email@example.com. (Include Universal Scribbles in your contact details.)
Closing date is 17 June 2012 (Sunday). Winners will be selected by 3M on 29 June and notified by email.
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Till our next post, love yourself, love one another.