In the past, Christmas as a glasses wearer was not the most glamorous time.
Things have come a long way since I discovered I was short-sighted when I was 11. I had the regulation black NHS frames before moving on to a time I would far rather forget when my mum made me wear her hand-me-down 1960’s frame which had a decidedly more Dame Edna vibe than the sexy cat-eye styles that you can find today.
Back then, it was not cool to wear glasses and contact lenses were in their infancy. I had my first pair of lenses when I was 18. I tried gas permeable lenses (like grit) and then soft contact lenses which were less like grit but needed an industrial-strength cleaner (a strange smelling fizzy tablet) to get the protein off – otherwise, lumps would appear on your lenses and ruin them.
Christmas as a young woman was a bit of a nightmare. Walking into pubs meant instant blindness due to the fogging up of your glasses as you went from cold weather to a warm interior. Hardly chic. Kissing boys required a degree of contortion to avoid not only bumping noses but knocking your frames askance on your face.
So when Feel Good Contacts asked me to describe my dream Christmas I have to say that with today’s contact lenses everything is 500% better than it was already! Switching from glasses to contact lenses is a lot easier. Back then I could never have imagined comfortable daily disposable contact lenses which didn’t break the bank!
As a wife and mum with two gorgeous kids, I pretty much have everything already. That’s the thing about being in your 50’s. You have most things, have had lots of experiences and are more preoccupied with keeping other people happy than with your wants.
My ideal Christmas day involves lazing, eating, TV and probably a brisk walk around the village. It’s more likely to involve an early start, hunting for batteries, cooking and wondering why we still haven’t got a gravy boat. I think there must be a national shortage of them.
I was, though, very happy with the present Feel Good Contacts sent me, not only did it contact a month’s supply of the most comfortable soft contact lenses I have ever worn, they had thoughtfully included some things to help a frazzled mum glam up for a (rare) night out – some delicious bath bombs, a nail set from OPI and a gorgeous fragrance to spritz. Because you don’t always have time to shop for you, do you?
No, my dream Christmas is a stress-free one!
It’s also good to know that if I run out of my contact lenses, Feel Good Contacts will whizz them out to me via Next Day Delivery if I order by 7 pm and will price match them to ensure they are the lowest priced lenses out there.
You just need to know what your prescription is – you don’t need to give them a written prescription or have any kind of referral from your optician. You’ll also find lots of helpful advice about eye care on their website too.
All the big contact lens brands are stocked so chances are you’ll find your current lens brand without having to trek out to your optician – and probably save some money into the bargain.
I would still advise that you keep up with regular sight and contact lens checks to ensure that your eye health is monitored – particularly important if you are over 40 or you have an auto immune condition or thyroid problems like I do.
I keep up with my check-ups but when I need a contact lens top-up I now go online because it’s so much quicker and simpler.
And because I have mild OCD around my glasses, believe me, having a constant stock of contact lenses is very important to me.
Ordering contact lenses from Feel Good Contacts is simple. Select your brand of lenses and then carefully enter your prescription – base curve, diameter and power for your left and your right lens. If you’re unsure take the reading off an existing box if you have one or request a copy of your current prescription from your optician. They are legally obliged to let you have it free of charge.
Then select how many months’ supply of lenses you need – the minimum obviously being 1 month. If you’re unsure about anything you can telephone their customer services from 8 am to 9 pm.
If you would like to try Feel Good Contacts and stock up on your contact lenses this Christmas, I have a 10% discount code for you – MODXMAS10.
As for my dream Christmas, I’ll be happy if the Husband and I get a lie in later than 7 am before Caitlin and Ieuan hurtle in and if we all manage to remain well over the Christmas period.
Oh, and if there’s enough Baileys.