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15 Awful Moments That All People Who Wear Contacts Experience

15 Awful Moments That All People Who Wear Contacts Experience

For some, those little bits of plastic mean beauty and a greater feeling of confidence and acceptance. For others, they serve as a window to seeing the world. To the person wearing them, contact lenses are something to be valued and taken care of.

Ever since contact lenses first appeared on the scene, they’ve been sparking some serious fashion trends. Even when there are mishaps, the person wearing them still remains a fan. However, with these little bits of plastic comes a sense of responsibility and ownership. Here are some awful moments that people who wear contacts have probably experienced.

1. You have to spend an extra 30 minutes getting dressed

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    With wearing contact lenses comes the need to be more patient while getting dressed for an occasion. When they’re being fickle, it can take 15 to 20 minutes extra to put in your contact lenses. You really need to set it right, and this can really test your patience.

    2. You know that getting invaders out of your eye can be a pain

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      Lenses do not help when something gets in your eye. It is nearly impossible to get anything out when you’re wearing your lenses. You’ll find that you start becoming more conscious of your environment in order to prevent this.

      3. You go through hell wearing those contact lenses inside out

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        This may not happen often, but when it does, it hurts.

        4. You feel nervous when you can’t find those transparent dots

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          The panic and anxiety that comes with dropping the transparent thing and realizing that it’s lost for good can be overwhelming. The other problem is figuring out if you actually dropped it or if it’s still in your eye somewhere.

          5. You start looking different with your specs on

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            People are so used to seeing you wear contact lenses that when you wear your specs people act like it’s the first time they’ve seen you. You can always expect a few comments.

            6. You start losing interest in swimming

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              Wearing lenses in water can be a horrible thing. Water rides and swimming become terrible activities to engage in. You never really feel safe in the water when wearing your lenses.

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              7. You have got to cry sometimes

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                The tears may be streaming down your face, but you’re not sad. Those lenses just aren’t cooperating.

                8. You have got to adjust your lenses sometimes

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                  People freak out when they see you trying to adjust your contacts in public. Apparently sticking your finger in your eye isn’t the most appealing activity to most. Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it and deal with the reactions.

                  9. You know your eyes are shielded with something

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                    No matter how comfortable you are, you are constantly aware that something is in your eyes. Just pretend it’s all cool and go about your day.

                    10. You feel terrible because you forgot to take out your contacts before going to bed

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                      You forgot to remove your contacts before heading to bed and now you have to stumble around in the dark to take them out at 3 am — no matter how sleepy you are.

                      11. You are often reminded of how injurious lenses can be

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                        People seem to know a lot more about contact lenses than you do, and they won’t shy away from telling you. You have to endure the torture of listening to people lecturing you on how terrible wearing contact lenses can be.

                        12. You have something extra to carry

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                          You’ve always got to carry around lens solution, a contact case, and your glasses — just in case.

                          13. You have to be careful with your nails

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                            Contact lenses and nails don’t go together. Once you start wearing lenses, you may have to say goodbye to those long nails.

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                            14. You have to deal with the dry eyes

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                              Staying out past 3 am can be difficult when the air conditioning and smoke machines are turned on.

                              15.  You know how tough it is to fix a contact that has folded in half

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                                When your contact lenses get folded, you really need to blink to save those eyes. It may not always work, but you’ve got to try.

                                Featured photo credit: n4i via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                                How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                                How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                                For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

                                If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

                                Example 1

                                You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

                                You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

                                In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

                                Example 2

                                You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

                                People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

                                You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

                                Example 3

                                You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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                                The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

                                Example 4

                                You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

                                Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

                                If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

                                Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

                                • Understand your own communication style
                                • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
                                • Communicate with precision and care
                                • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

                                1. Understand Your Communication Style

                                To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

                                In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

                                Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

                                2. Learn Others Communication Styles

                                Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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                                If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

                                “How do you prefer to receive information?”

                                This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

                                To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

                                3. Exercise Precision and Care

                                A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

                                On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

                                Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

                                I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

                                I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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                                In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

                                The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

                                Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

                                4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

                                Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

                                In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

                                “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

                                Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

                                Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

                                It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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                                It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

                                It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

                                Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

                                Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

                                The Bottom Line

                                When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

                                I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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