Every now and then I come across articles with headlines such as "blinded by contact lens!" As someone who until recently worked in an opticians articles like this frustrate me as they are fear mongering, so after reading an article published by the BBC (click here) I have decided to write this post that will detail the do's and don'ts of contact lenses.
Are contact lenses safe? That depends on you. It all comes done to hygiene. Not everyone have been fortunate to have their sight, why would you risk yours for laziness or vanity?
In that particular article linked above that woman lost her sight due to her laziness and vanity, not the lens itself, she handled her lenses with wet hands and continued to wear her lenses despite her eyes being irritated. Now if you are a contact lens wearer, if you had any sense, you would of got your lenses through an optician, you would of been measured, had the health and prescription of your eyes checked before being fitted with lenses, if you were suitable (note: your spectacle prescription will be different to the contact lens prescription!!) Before an optician is allowed to sell you lenses they have a responsibility to teach you how to insert and remove the lenses, they have to discuss hygiene, do's and don'ts, care for the lenses and where to go for emergencys or when to return for aftercares.
It is always stressed that water should NEVER come into contact with your contact lenses, even water hat has been filtered and safe for us to drink has forms of bacteria in it, if this bacteria gets behind that lens, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and parasites, causing infections and eventually loss of sight. Yes I know that sounds horrifying but if you follow the instructions given to you by the optician you will never have to worry.
ALWAYS wash your hands before handling lenses and touching your eyes, ensure your hands are fully dry. Never wear lenses to shower, bath or to swim in!!!
Ladies put your lenses in BEFORE putting your Make up on and avoid putting make up on the water lines, when using hairsprays or deodorants nsure to keep your eyes tightly shut.
AVOID sleeping in lenses, and no the lens can't get lost behind the eye, that is physically impossible. If you do manage to fall asleep with them in don't panic, it happens, I've done it far more than i care to admit so when waking up your eyes are going to be dry and sore, DO NOT take the lenses out straight away, with your eyes closed massage the eye lids and leave them for up to an hour before removing them, this routine allows the eyes to 'lube' up the lens for safe removal, taking the lens out straight away can cause damage to the eye!
ALWAYS have an aftercare at least once a year, these checks are incredibly important, even if you feel the vision is fine, the aftercare is to check the health of your eyes.
Never EVER buy contacts from anywhere other than an optician, even online 'opticians', those cosmetic lenses sold in your local hairdressers or sunbed shop...are illegal, the lenses are plastic and suffocate the eyes, your eye colour is part of your beauty! But if you REALLY want coloured lenses make sure you do it properly and visit an optician. I'm not saying purchasing lenses online is unsafe, i just personally don't agree they should be available to purchase online, so many things could go wrong such as entering your prescription wrong, using your spectacle prescription instead of your contact lens prescription, lenses come in all different sizes and so on, how do you know whats suitable? they maybe cheap to buy but will cost you more once check ups come around. An optician is not able to do an aftercare for lenses that haven't been fitted to you, also if it is not a brand that the optician doesn't fit themselves they can't do an aftercare as they have no idea about the lenses you are wearing so they would have to do a re-fit meaning you would have to purchase more lenses through the optician.
The sun is out and I am currently sat in my garden soaking up the rays! Yes, you read right, i am sat sunbathing in my garden....in April, I doubt we will have this sun for long so why not make the most of it. Yesterday was my last Saturday off before i start my new job! So tommy and i decided to make the most of it and go to the coast for the day, we decided to go to the little coastal town Broadstairs.
The best way I can describe Broadstairs is that it is a beautiful town in a cove. The beach has golden sand, as this is England the sea isn't quite blue but the sky blended in to the sea so you couldn't tell where the sea ended and where the sky started. There wasn't an overload of sweet and gift shops but there was a fair few restaurants and one small amusements arcade. There is a small pier but not the kind of pier you'd fine in Brighton this once is solely for the sailing club and lifeguards, as we walked around it there were 3 gentlemen on the roof with radios communication with the small boats out in the sea. We spent a good part of the afternoon just taking in the views, walking along the sea front, we had taken a cheeky beer each and sat on a bench looking over the beach and enjoyed the views. Eventually getting peckish we found a little fish and chips shop where I had small cod and chips, how could i not! And it was worth it, the fish as incredibly fresh and tasty.
so where have i been?? On the 8th of March my grandfather passed away, i did post about this being a reason to a blogging break but on reflection I decided to take it down and publish a Mother's Day post with my recipe for strawberry daiquiri cakes? Did you make them? I'd love to hear from anyone who did!
Understandably this explains my absence, losing my grandfather was incredibly heart breaking for me, he was my ultimate teacher, if it wasn't for him I doubt i would even have a creative side, he always encouraged my creativity, always bought me the finest art supplies such as water colour paints and pencils, oil crayons, easels and expensive papers. One of my fondest memories was when he sat with me one day and put swan lake on the TV, as it was performed he told me the story they were telling though their dance. He loved music, another fond memory was when he forced me to sit and listen to the pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack and watching him get lost in the music with his eyes closed made me smile.
My grandfather had a short battle with cancer, he suffered terribly not only with pain but with humiliation, he was a proud man and having to be looked after by nurses caused him more upset so when I received that dreaded text from my mother just saying "gone" i felt two things, heartbreak and a sense of relief for him, his pain and suffering was over, he is now at peace hopefully watching over us.
The funeral was 4 weeks after his passing, it was hard, it felt like i grieved twice over, my grandfather wished to be cremated and had made his funeral wishes known to my Nan and my aunt and they did him proud. When the day came i thought i would be strong but as soon as the funeral cars arrived with the coffin, I broke along with my brother and my sister, my poor mum fell to pieces.
The day saw many a tears fall but we all had a sit down Meal after and we enjoyed the food and laughed and remembered. We were all so lucky to have him as our husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he left a part of him with all of us.
Going back to the start of the post I mentioned i have a new job! I start tomorrow and i am both excited and nervous! After two and a half years working as a optician rom tomorrow i will be working as a office administrator for a small but growing company. I am so excited to be joining their team and the thought of growing alongside the business but I am incredibly nervous with the typical anxious thoughts such as "what if I'm not what they expected? What if i useless? What if they don't like me?!" These are the very small voices in the back of my head but equally I'm excited to get stuck into the work.
Wish me luck!
Mother's day is only around the corner here in the UK, this Sunday the 26th everyone will be celebrating the wonderful superwoman in our lives, our Mothers.
Every year we all run around looking for that perfect gift but why not look in the kitchen, home baked treats can sometimes be the best gift. A cake requires love and care for it to become perfect, and that's what home baked gifts represent, that you care and love.
So today I am sharing with you my recipe for a Strawberry Daquiri Cake, this recipe can be used to make one medium sized cake or 12 cupcakes.
For the cake:
side tip: instead of milk you can also use the rum syrup in the cake mixture!
A twenty-something city girl in South East London. This blog is just my thoughts, opinions, reviews and rambles.