October 2015 archive

The Great Contact Lens Event

My Mum has a massive phobia of eyes, and through what I can only assume is osmosis I thought I had the same. (Mum – this post might freak you out!). If you don’t want to hear about contact lenses click away now…

I first started wearing glasses when I was about 15 or 16, I noticed that I was having trouble reading the board at school and the clock in exams. I got myself down to the opticians to become a proud member of the spectacle wearing club. I only ever needed them for far away things, so at school, at the cinema, at home watching TV, but generally I didn’t wear them very much.

It wasn’t really until I was around 18/19 that I noticed that I was really struggling when I wasn’t wearing them. Friends would often tell me off for giving them “the evil eye” when seeing them from a distance, the truth was I was actually trying to focus them in!

Long before glasses were required.

Long before glasses were required.

I look to wearing my glasses all the time when I was travelling (I hitch-hiked – wanted to see drivers from a distance) but soon found that without them, I couldn’t actually see diddly-squat. So I have been wearing my glasses all the time since I was about 23.

“Why don’t you get contacts?” I was asked all the time, and the truth was that I would have loved too, but I was too scared. The thought alone of having to get a little bit of plastic in and out of my eye would give me heart palpitations. I admitted to myself that I was just destined to be one of those speccy four-eyes forever, and it was fine. My friends and family are now more used to seeing me with glasses than without.

Amynoos Glasses

Now there are some definite draw-backs to being a glasses wearer (these are obviously massively outweighed by the fact that you can see….). Rain is a nightmare, you genuinely need windscreen wipers, especially if it is that god-awful misty rain where you can actually see more without your glasses than with. Also, misting. Shopping in winter is a pain in the backside, outside fine, in a shop – nope – no more sight for you – just fog. Walk into a bar after being outside… fog… can’t see with glasses, can’t see without glasses…. so many people… so many obstacles… OH THE HORROR!!!

So the final straw for me was learning to ski. Now, if you have been following my posts (original here, latest here) about skiing you will know that I am a somewhat reluctant skier to start with. So the fact that during my second lesson I realised that I would get half-way down the hill and not be able to see a single thing was utterly terrifying. I am sliding down a hill, on 2 sticks, blind, no control. How I did not injure myself or someone else is an absolute miracle. After doing a bit of online research when back on less snowy ground there was one conclusion, one way to solve this issue, and that was getting contact lenses.

The Friday after we came back from Cambridge/Skiing I decided to grab the bull by the horns and book myself an appointment. I saw that Specsavers (who are my usual optician anyway) do a free trial for contacts, so this seemed perfect. Luckily for me they had an appointment available the following Monday.

Contact Lenses

So on Monday, off I trotted into Brighton town centre, took a deep breath and headed down to the contact lens centre. There I was met by a very friendly optician who did all of the checks (very similar to an eye test, shining lights etc.) to make sure my eyes were healthy and to check my suitability. She said everything looked fine, then needed to check the “shape and size” with a magical machine. Lord knows how it worked but I basically looked into something and it measure the curvature (I assume) so they would know what size I needed. It was all very quick and simple. Perhaps a little uncomfortable with the light shining, but nothing painful or scary. She discussed my needs and what I was looking to get from wearing contacts, I elaborated the ski story….

Contact Lens

The next bit was the scary bit; “Are you happy for me to put them in?” she asked. Another deep breath and “yes it’s fine”. I have come this far, can’t back out now! She showed me these tiny delicate circles of gel like plastic and popped one onto the surface of my eye… look up, look down, look left, look right, blink blink blink and TUH DUH! Same with the other eye… blink blink blink. I can see. It is the strangest feeling every being able to see after so long without the world having a black frame.

After they were in I went to see another optician for the “teach”, here she explained the do’s and don’ts of contact (DO wash your hands, DON’T run your lenses under the tap) and explained how to take them out and put them in. Then came practical part of the lesson, so very carefully as instructed (chin to chest, very important) and took the first one out on the first attempt. She seemed pretty impressed at the ease with which I had done it, and asked me to do the other eye. Same again. Nodding, impressed she then explained about putting them in (daily disposables mean a fresh pair each time for me). Top Tip: to make sure they are not inside out they should look like a cereal bowl with no lip, if they look like a pasta dish with a lip then they are the wrong way around.

In they popped. She declared I was a natural after I managed to take them out again without any problems. Off I went with my free 5-day trial feeling really rather pleased with myself.

The whole experience as a pleasure. The staff were friendly, helpful and informative and really made me feel at ease. The trial worked you up to the full 12-hour wear, so first day 4 hours, second day 6 hours etc. On the following Monday I had a follow up appointment to check how I was getting on. I had another quick eye check with the optician while wearing the contacts and they said everything was fine. Next stop sales! I decided to get 20 a month on direct debit, they have quite a lot of benefits on direct debit like cheaper sunglasses and free glasses, eye check etc. so I thought it was a good place to start. Day on, day off, see how I go. So far so good! The novelty of going into a shop and taking off my sunglasses and being able to see is an absolute life-changer. The whole experience was so much quicker, easier and not at all remotely traumatic like I thought it would be. I feel very positive about it all, which is great for something that a few years ago stuck fear at the mere mention of it.

I am using the Acuvue Moist Daily Lenses

I am using the Acuvue Moist Daily Lenses

So winter here I come! You with your steamy eye glasses and your misty rain! I am ready for you!

Apparently the next stop of laser surgery… I think we are a way off that yet *shudder*

Cambridge Adventure Part 2

See Part 1 Here

On Wednesday we decided to go to the Centre of Computing History. After breakfast at Frankie and Benny’s we walked over the railway bridge to the centre which was located really close to the apartment we were staying at. However, we decided to take the scenic route through a park which ended up sending up completely the wrong direction and we ended up back where we had started!

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After eventually finding the centre we paid our fee and went in. This was a funny little museum run by volunteers but it was fascinating.

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Jezz obviously enjoyed it but I really enjoyed it too! It was interesting looking at all the different types of computer from years gone by. It is an interactive museum too so you could use the machines and play some games. I even tried my hand at a bit of computer programming!

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We spent quite a long time here playing with everything and it was mid-afternoon by the time we left.

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We headed back via Currys PC World (Jezz takes me to the best places) where we spent FAAAR too long looking at 4K TV’s. We then headed back to the apartment for a cup of tea and a rest.

For our last evening meal we walked back into the historic part of Cambridge and went to a really cool Thai street-food restaurant called Thaikhun. The food here was AMAZING, we were starving when we arrived and ordered far too much. To start we had the “Sukumvit 38 Platter” which had salt & pepper squid, fish cakes, chicken spring rolls and honey pork. The pork was amazing, my personal favourite. Jezz’s was the tiny fish cakes. For our mains we shared the “Pinto Siam” which comprised of Chicken Massaman curry, stir fried pork belly in red curry sauce, beef in oyster sauce and egg fried rice. Oh and prawn crackers. Oh AND pork scratchings. Two extremely full bellies later we waddled back to the apartment and packed up our things for our departure in the morning. I felt a bit sad to leave this lovely little apartment. I had enjoyed playing house somewhere new.

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On Thursday we rose early to check out of the apartment by 10.30 am, handed back the keys and made our way over to Milton Keynes.  Our destination was the Xscape Centre to SnoZone for another ski lesson. I can’t lie, I was terrified. I had built it up quite a lot in my head by this point and had a bit of a panic. I was very quiet in the morning and through lunch. I didn’t really want to do it. However, once I got going it wasn’t half as bad as I remembered. I think the teacher (I believe his name was Harry), this time was much better than the previous, and the class was also a little smaller with only 6 students. Harry spent quite a lot of time making sure we were confident and even when you didn’t think he was looking he would pick up on things that would help and make suggestions. I finally started to feel a bit like I was getting the hang of some of it and this was a definite confidence booster. I don’t think I am ski ready by any means, but I am a step closer. This isn’t going to be a quick process I think, it is something I am really going to have to push myself with and stick with if I am ever going to conquer it.

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I was also presented with a problem during my ski lesson. Whenever I involve myself in any kind of physical exertion I get a very hot head and red face. A somewhat embarrassing trait and even more problematic when skiing apparently! Hot face + cold air = glasses steaming up. We moved higher up the hill, and the faster I went, the less I could see, the more I would panic… you get the picture. I was just getting the hang of changing direction, and the instructor put out some cones. I failed at going around every one apart from the first! Now I don’t know if this was because of the lack of ability or the fact I couldn’t see a bloody thing. I will blame not seeing for now 😉 anyway… this has resulted in me getting contact lenses. But that is a story for another day.

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After skiing and feeling a bit better about myself we headed back to Brighton via Cobham Service Station (Jezz’s favourite service station… it’s a thing) where we had curry for dinner. We got home about 8.30 pm. Jezz had to return to work on Friday but I had booked another day off work so I spent the day doing really exciting things like washing my clothes and cleaning the bathroom.

All in all a really very lovely week off. I am definitely feeling more like me again now. What a relief.

Welcome back!!!

Welcome to the new look Amynoos blog!

Having managed to stick at the blogging (albeit intermittently during the summer), I have rewarded myself by spending some of my hard earned pennies on my own website.

And here we are… TUH DAH!

Amynoos

So welcome! Thank you for following me over here. I hope that we can continue to grow and blossom together (oh how corny).

A massive thank you to TSO Host for their superb service and, of course, to Jezz for making the technical things do what I wanted them to do in an absolute jiffy after I fought with it for over an hour! (Lesson learned… ask him first next time).

There is lots to fill you in on, but not only have I moved blog, but I have also moved house! I am finally living with Jezz. Not far from where I was previously living but closer to the centre of Brighton. It is all very exciting! Lots of house things to discuss, lots of work to be done, lots of things to do. 2016 is going to be a busy year I think!

Back to business then, and part 2 of our Cambridge trip (which I am pretty sure was a lifetime ago) is coming soon… sorry for the delay!

<3

Amy