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Real Struggles Only People Who Wear Contact Lenses Can Understand

Real Struggles Only People Who Wear Contact Lenses Can Understand

Contact lenses. They are so small and so complex! Since Da Vinci first came up with the idea of putting something on the eyes in the 1500s, we’ve been pretty addicted to these small items, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Contacts are supposed to improve your vision, but they quickly became fashion accessories and even nightmare material – think Maisie Williams!

It’s clear we have an addiction to contact lenses, a sort of can’t live with, can’t live without case. People who wear glasses to improve their vision crave a pair of discreet lenses, but when they have it, they enter a new range of problems. The sky is not the limit with contact lenses, even if the giants of technology trick us into believing it is. Contacts have made a long journey from simple glass to permeable substances and built-in cameras, but they still come with a lot of issues. Let’s call them struggles, for the sake of this article, dedicated to all the contact-wearers who wouldn’t change their little lenses for the trendiest pair of glasses. Ever!

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When you lose one lense you feel the end is near

All people who wear contact lenses know the struggle to find a perfect fit pair, as well as the cost of that perfect fit. This is why they feel the end of everything is near when one of their lenses become lost. Losing a contact is one of the worst things that can happen to you, especially when it happens outside your house. Depending on your ailment, the road back home can become an ordeal, as you only have to rely on one eye for walking straight on the street or driving. Then there is the money issue: a good pair of contacts is expensive. Unless you want to become blind you do need to invest in your lenses, which makes losing them a nightmare. It’s enough to lose one, to make the other one useless.

You can’t go with the flow and have a sleepover

Contact lenses might be great when you want to try on the mesmerizing smokey eye makeup, but after the mesmerizing phase is gone and you are asked to spend the night at someone’s house, you start panicking. Contact-wearers will recognize the struggle of having to pick between  sleeping with the lenses on and carrying their contact cleaning supplies with them 24/7. Or the third option, which is rejecting the sleepover. The reality is all people who wear contact lenses have to make sure they have an extra pair with them, as well as all the gear needed to clean them and store them for the night. The alternative to this is gruesome, as sleeping with your lenses on can lead to blindness, so it’s not something to play with.

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Another thing you can’t do when you are wearing your lenses is swim, so plan your pool parties carefully.

Your eyes are in tears more often than you wish

Contacts make your eyes more prone to dryness and can increase the sensitivity, which means your eyes will be in tears on windy days. Of course, wind is not the only thing that can reduce you to tears, but it’s one of the most common problems. Thanks to Murphy, your eyes will start crying at the most inopportune moments. Like in the middle of a very important business meeting.

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You can’t watch TV before sleep without glasses

Many people believe contact-wearers don’t need glasses, but the reality is we need them more than you think. For example, after the lenses come off and go to their case, you can’t see clear, so watching TV before sleep is impossible without glasses. Similar situations abound in the life of a person who relies on contact lenses.

When you can’t wear them, you will miss them

One of the struggles people who don’t wear contacts will never understand is how much you miss your little friends when you can’t wear them. Behind a pair of glasses, which are sure to sparkle interest among every person you are going to meet, you will be complaining how hard it is to be forced to wear these trendy accessories. Then, when you get your lenses back, you will be complaining about all the above, but if someone tries to persuade you to switch to glasses, you will be appalled.

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On the bright side, you rock Halloween

People who wear contact lenses almost always rock Halloween parties, because they know exactly how to get the best cosplay, using sclera contacts. There is nothing more frightful than black scleras, which completely cover your eyes, making you look more like Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit. But there is also a downside of sclera contact lenses: you have to forgo driving and other activities which require a sharp vision, as they cause a tunnel-like vision.

You often feel like Cinderella

Remember how Cinderella had to be back home by midnight? Contact-wearers remember it very well because we know exactly just how long we can wear the lenses before our eyes start itching and become infected.

The struggle of taking out your lenses

This one is specific to people who wear colored lenses, which look fantastic and give you the most amazing eye colors, but have to come out. There are multiple types of colored lenses – visibility lenses, which only have a slight coloration to help you maneuver them easier; enhancement lenses, which enhance your natural eye color, and opaque lenses which completely hide your eye color and replace it with the color of the lenses – so depending on which one you wear, your friends/partner might have a shock when the lenses come off. But falling in love with a green-eyed beauty who is a brown-eyed beauty is one of the modern struggles, right?

Featured photo credit: Albumarium via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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