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Selecting Your Own Contact Lenses My Life 13 APR 2015

As per the norm, I had stretched my last six month contact lenses supply well past its intended duration – in fact, records pointed out that I had last been to the optometrist in something like 18 months or so! So of course, when my current supply of lenses did finally dry up, I had little choice but to call up the optometrist for an obligatory eye test in order to get some new lenses.

Seeing as I’m particularly fond of the Aquity SI contact lenses that Spec-Savers stocks, I made an appointment with Spec-Savers in Somerset Mall, the same optometrist that I used (and was suitably impressed with) the last time I needed some new lenses.

That said, I’m pretty sure that the optometrist now staffing the branch is not the same optometrist that helped me out last time, but regardless, I really do have to highly recommend her. Wonderfully warm, friendly and professional, I was more than pleased with my interaction with her.

(Even more exciting though was the fact that it was a slew of new equipment and tests that awaited me since the last time I had been – always super interesting for someone as curious as what I am!)

Anyway, our first stab at the eye test was interesting enough. For around R450 I was told that for some inexplicable reason my prescription strength appears to have dropped, meaning that my left eye had improved from -5.00 to -4.75, and my right eye improved by a massive jump of -4.75 up to -4.00!

That seemed a bit weird, but the optometrist balanced everything nicely out and gave me a trial pair of lenses to test out this new, weaker prescription. (Also, she couldn’t quite believe the good condition of my eyeballs, considering the length of time that I wear contact lenses – a lot – and the fact that I don’t ever rub clean my lenses!)

Alas, the weaker prescription was quickly revealed to be a lie, because over the next few days of testing them out, I quickly spotted a flaw in our diagnosis – driving was proving a bit tricky now that all the signs were kind of blurry!

So back I went for another test, and this time I sensed that the optometrist was getting a little impatient and confused with all of my ‘uhms’ and ‘ahs’ when it came to deciding between lenses whilst reading the tiny letters (seriously, it is so difficult to decide!), so much so that she eventually gave up and instructed me to twiddle between the various strengths until I arrived at a point where I was happy.

And so I worked out my own prescription (technically).

The new readings: well sadly my left eye is in fact a lot weaker, it is now -5.50 (originally -5.00) whilst my right eye did in fact improve to -4.50 (originally -4.75) .

The good news of course is that there is now no longer any magical, unexplained giant jump in my eyesight, plus of course, after handing over a further R800, I now have new contact lenses for the next sixth months (read: one year).

spec-savers optometrist logo

Bonus: Turns out the optometrist recognises me from walking around Country Mews with Jessica and Emily – as it turns out, her little one year old daughter stays during the day with her mom who also has a place in Country Mews!

Related Link: http://www.specsavers.co.za/store/somerset-mall

A Couple of Weekends’ Worth of Updates My Life 26 SEP 2012

Come to think of it, I haven’t really kept everyone here in blog land up to date with my movements over the last couple of weekends, though looking back I’m guessing that no one really missed all that much anyway.

Three weekends ago, the weekend was pretty much a write off as I spent 90% of the entire weekend holed up in my study, furiously banging out PHP code for work (i.e. the infamous Project 161 incentivised project). Other than a delightful Saturday evening of braai and rugby with the Montgomery Clan in Bellville, I was pretty much tied to my house and my keyboard from Friday right through to the wee hours of Monday morning – In fact, I was so busy that I shipped Chantelle and Jessica off to go and sleep over at her folks’ place and spend Sunday with them so that I could be afforded the peace and quiet I needed for my work environment!

(Still, the hard work paid off as it led to a very successful Monday afternoon final demo of a project that I’ve been working on for the last while, which in turn resulted in a decent little bonus that will allow me to purchase some new and much needed kitchen appliances now that Chantelle is going to be doing her Cookies & Cakes venture as a full time business starting December!)

Moving on from that, two weekends ago I opted to lengthen the weekend every so slightly for myself by rewarding myself with a day’s leave put in for the Friday – which I optimally used to muck about the house as well as see an optometrist. The optometrist experience was a pretty rewarding in that a) I’ve found a really nice optometrist I happen to like, b) a practice which is much closer than the one I last used in Kenridge, and c) gave me good news in that she successfully weakened my prescription such that I no longer strain my eyes during long work days behind the PC monitor. Score! :)

Saturday was dominated by another Willowbridge Market that I did with Mom-in-law Cheryl (Chantelle was working the weekend), whilst young Jessica spent the day with Mom and Dad, enjoying an unexpected visit from the Great Grandmothers as well as a visit to the Sonstraal Dams to see all the ducks and geese! Unfortunately the market wasn’t particularly good, but we still did more than enough to cover the table and our expenses, meaning that it wasn’t a complete loss.

Sunday we were gifted with on the other hand a perfect day in terms of the weather, which made for an awesome Michelle Oosthuizen organised “Spring Day” (technically we missed it by a fair bit) picnic experience with the friends out at Klein Joostenberg, the photos from which can be viewed here. Needless to say, much relaxing on the grass and under the sun was to be had by all! :)

Finally, last weekend was yet another long weekend for me, and it started off on a high note, with a joint Touchwork and Hypenica afternoon braai that went down rather well. As for Saturday, with the Chantelle and the rest of the Montgomery clan handling the Willowbridge Market, I was free to go on a bit of a shopping trip with young Jessica, ending up with a couple of new books for my girl to destroy, as well as a new chipped credit card (my first chipped card) which I managed to pick up in the process as well.

From there the two of us headed out to the Strand/Somerset West duck pond, where despite a rather dead duck floating out in front of us, Jessica thoroughly enjoyed sitting on my lap and throwing out pieces of bread for the ducks to chase. She did get a little nervous when the big geese joined in the fray, but outside of that she really seemed to enjoy the outing.

Next on our to-do list was a stop in at the Gordon’s Bay primary school to drop in on the Funakoshi Karate South Africa tournament taking place there, and I must say it was great to show off little Jessica and catch up on all that has been happening over the last year on the karate scene. The visit was thoroughly enjoyable, but I must admit that it was also a little difficult because I’m seriously, seriously missing my karate as well as my training family at the moment!

The rest of the day was pretty much playing around at home, watching loads of Shaun the Sheep, before a final bedtime routine and then a Chantelle returning from Bellville, just in time to launch into making home-made pizzas and watching the enjoyable Iron Man 2 on DVD.

Sunday was all hands on deck as Chantelle and I woke up early and started tidying up, in preparation for the afternoon arrival of both the Montgomery Clan and the Lotter Clan, who descended upon us to partake in our one day too early Braai Day (Heritage Day) braai. Combining awesome food, entertainment from Jessica and good conversation, with a few competitive rounds of 30 Seconds turned out to be a masterpiece, as we blazed through a fantastic fun day of family.

Chantelle opted to post Jessica off with Oupa and Ouma as they left, leaving the two of us plenty of time to snuggle up, watching some movies and then heading straight to bed, for some rather relaxing and rejuvenating uninterrupted sleep sessions! And with public holiday Monday still to come, I can’t say that my last weekend was bad at all! :)

Little Mini Disasters My Life 09 JAN 2012

Sigh, so many little negative things to start the year off with, so I may as well list them here, why not?

The first not so lekker thing is of course the creché being closed for a month and only reopening in the middle of January, meaning that Jessica is now staying over with the Montgomery Clan back in Bellville. Sure it’s nice to get a mini break from the little carpet crawler, but to be very honest, two weeks is far, far too long to be away from my bubbly little girl, and after the second evening without seeing her, it was simply too much! I miss my Jessie!! :(

Another little negative start to the year is the official looking piece of post that arrived and which was addressed to me, one which when Chantelle saw it, she laughed, and then handed over to me with an evil grin. It turns out that the section of the N2 leading up to the Sir Lowry’s road turn-off after the Broadlands turn-off is not really the N2 after all. Speed limit is 80 km/h, not 102 km/h as my little Getz was travelling. Bam, R200 fine right there! (Luckily it was only a 102 km/h on that stretch. Normally that’s a 120 km/h piece for me and pretty much everyone else on the road!)

Ugh, and my training shoes finally went and gave in – I managed to walk them completely through with all my road training, so much so that I could poke my finger pretty much through the bottom of the shoe and tickle the underside of my foot! So another purchase that needed to be made – thankfully though Power running shoes aren’t exactly the most expensive on the shelves! :)

Sigh, not monetary this one, but probably the most depressing of them all, my weight completely exploded over the two and a bit weeks that I was on holiday, completely knocking off all the gains I had finally started to make and putting me well, well back behind step 1 even. Sigh, definitely not very happy about that one!

Linked to this is the next negative little thing to hit, namely my knees. I played one morning of badminton at the Church with the folks and friends during my break, and all of a sudden my knees can’t recover and I’m struggling with them each time I sit down or get up now. Sigh, not cool, not cool.

Now for pretty much the biggest negative wave to hit us at the start of the year – in short, Chantelle’s eyes are pretty much buggered. We’ve gotten two opinions now from two different optometrists, but the diagnosis is the same. Her eyes which are a lot poorer than mine and also suffer from astigmatism, are now rejecting contact lenses and the blood vessels that are growing into her eye to try and increase oxygen flow are overtaking everything. With the rapidly deteriorating sight combined with her already poor eyesight makes spectacle wear cumbersome and not really practical, and with contact lenses out of the picture, both optometrists suggest we start speaking to people regarding Lasik surgery to try and correct the problem.

And that as we all know, that costs pretty much over the R20,000 mark, and is NOT covered by medical aid, so will have to come out of our funds somehow.

So I guess it is just as well that the guy hasn’t been available yet to come around and take my bonus money so that he can redo our kitchen cupboards such that we can finally have bought a dishwasher for the house. Oh well, such is life.

Sigh, surely these are far too many little negative niggles to start the year off with? O.o