Contact Lens Facts. Do’s and Don’ts.

While planning your wedding, don’t forget the health of your eyes. Being in a rush and overwhelmed with all the preparations you have to take care of your contact lenses.

Facts

The cornea is living tissue and as such requires oxygen for its respiration and life cycle.

Oxygen is obtained:

  • Directly from the atmosphere by diffusion through the contact lens material (approx 80% of oxygen demand)
  • From the tear solution (approx 10% of oxygen demand)
  • From the blood supply of the eye (approx 10% of oxygen demand)

If oxygen supply is restricted then the cornea becomes hypoxic (it gets strangled of oxygen). Your contact lenses may become uncomfortable to wear, your eyes may become hot and burny, and your vision may become cloudy. (Smokey room sensation)

These are symptoms of overwear. These symptoms are very uncommon with the advent of silicone hydrogel lenses, which allow a fully adequate amount of oxygen to pass through the lens material, to keep your eyes healthy.

The cornea has the potential to become infected. There are a lot of micro-organisms in the environment (bugs) that can harm the health of your eyes. Bugs can live very happily in your contact lens case, and some like acanthamoeba has the potential to do serious damage to your eyes. Acanthamoeba is a very ubiquitous organism, it’s everywhere, even in the tap water! So don’t go soaking your lenses in tap water!

Make sure you are sterilizing your lenses! Make sure you are replacing the multi-purpose solution in your case regularly!

Do’s

  • Wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.
  • During the initial adaptation of wearing color contact lens, consider increasing your wearing time by a maximum of 4 hours per day.
  • Develop a habit of always cleaning and sterilizing your lenses daily, preferably at night upon removal.
  • Clean your contact lens case regularly with a toothbrush, boil the case and allow it to air dry.
  • Replace your contact lens case frequently. You usually get a new case with your multi-purpose solution, so discard your old case then.
  • Check the cleanliness of your contact lenses daily by holding them up to the light and examining the surface.
  • Discontinue wear or reduce wearing time if you are getting symptoms of over-wear. It will only get worse otherwise.
  • Read the signs your eyes are giving you.

If you have a problem that you cannot resolve simply, then discontinue wear and consult your optometrist.

Don’ts

  • Never travel overseas without a backup spectacle correction. You may have to discontinue contact lens wear for one reason or another.
  • Don’t ever rinse or store lenses in tap water (especially overseas) or use unsterilized or homemade saline
  • Don’t mix and match with contact lens solutions. They may not be compatible. Try and stay with the lens care system your optometrist recommended.
  • Don’t wear old, ripped, nicked. Torn or dirty lenses. Replace them.
  • Don’t go longer than a year without having your optometrist check your cornea and your lenses.
  • Don’t get complacent with lens care and maintenance.

Don’t wear your lenses off into the never-never knowing you have a problem and ignoring it!

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How to Talk to Your Fiancé About Finances – The Priceless Value of Discussing Money Issues

If you and your fiancé are like many couples, you probably didn’t spend much time discussing money before you were engaged. And that’s understandable: While you’re on a date, saying, “Let’s not order wine; it’s too expensive,” doesn’t necessarily set the tone for romance.

Once you become engaged, though, you need to start laying the groundwork for healthy communication about finances. You are probably well aware that money talk can quickly become emotionally fraught—the two of you may have very different money styles (for example, you’re a saver; he’s a spender).

Experts say that habits like these usually begin in childhood when we learn our attitudes about spending and saving from our parents.

Wedding day finances need to be discussedThere may be other points where your attitudes about money diverge. Say you both want financial independence, but he strives to attain it by earning a large salary while you prefer to stash government bonds. Or perhaps you desire altogether different things: Maybe you crave the security of a home, and he wants to spend money on travel. Your priorities need to be discussed now because they could create conflict later on.

To make things easier for the two of you, we’ve put together a guide to good money talk. Here are six points to touch on in your discussions:

  1. Your financial facts and figures. Both of you should gather your papers and share information about what you’re bringing to the marriage. This includes annual income, assets, debts, and obligations. Discuss how much life insurance each of you has and who your beneficiaries are, where you bank, how much you’ve stashed away in retirement accounts and who your financial advisers are.
  2. Your home. Discuss whether you’re both ready to buy a home or feel the need to wait awhile. Some two-income couples decide that together they can afford to live in a more expensive rental than each partner does now. Others want to spend less for the time being and put the savings into a specially designated house fund for later. There’s no right or wrong way to do this; the important thing is that you’re both comfortable with your mutual decision.
  3. Your banking. You’ll probably want to establish a joint account to pay household bills. But will you also retain individual accounts? If you opt for this “his, hers, and ours” system (popular with many couples), will you each contribute a percentage or a specific amount of your income to the joint account? What will each of you pay for out of your personal account?Fight at the reception
  4. Your insurance. If both of you work, it’s likely that one of you has significantly better health-care benefits than the other. Discuss the possibility of your both getting on the better plan and dropping the less-comprehensive coverage once you’re married. Also, take a look at your car insurance. The premium for two cars registered at one address is usually less than the premiums on two cars insured in different households.
  5. Your investments. “Finding out how your fiancé chooses his 401K investments speaks volumes about him,” says Michelle Smith, of Smith Financial Strategies Group in New York. “If he says he follows a pal’s advice, you know he’s casual about it. But if he pores over Morningstar data, you know this is important to him.” Whatever his—and your—actual level of interest may be, the two of you need to decide whether to merge your investments or maintain separate portfolios. Look over your statements together with the goal of creating a package. At the same time, discuss how you’ll make investment decisions. Will one of you be the investment guru and keep the other in the loop? Or will you decide matters jointly? Will you use a financial adviser or make decisions on your own?
  6. Your money chores. When you were single, you no doubt had your money-management system. Maybe you’ve always matched up your credit card bill with all your saved receipts and paid your bills electronically once a month. Perhaps he writes out checks twice a month and never reconciles a bank statement. Rather than get into a fight about who’s “right,” negotiate a plan. Perhaps one of you will handle the financial chores in exchange for the other doing the grocery shopping. Remember: As you learn to negotiate your differences, you’re building trust—and that’s something money can’t buy.
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Starting the Wedding Planning Process

Wedding planning may seem daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Begin the planning process early.

Before you start the actual planning process, it is essential to determine your budget.

How to Budget

First, it is important to figure out who is paying for what. Are the bride’s parents going to pay for everything? Will the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner? It is better to know what to expect ahead of time so you can plan accordingly.

When planning your budget, pretend as you can only afford 15% less than what you can really afford, and do your best to stick to that. For example, if you can honestly spend $10,000 on your special day, act as if you can only spend $8,500.

This may sound strange at first. Practically speaking, however, there are sure to be hidden costs and fees that you may forget to account for. Most of us don’t have the luxury of an unlimited budget, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. When such charges come up, you won’t have to worry about where the money to pay for them will come from.

Beginning the Planning Process

First, set the date. Coordinate with your religious leader to see when he or she is available, and reserve the date that works best for you. If you are planning a summer wedding, it is especially important to get started early, as summer is the most popular season for weddings.

Consider Hiring a Wedding Planner

Though exciting, planning a wedding is hard work. There are a myriad of details to remember and planning can be a time-consuming process. This can be a lot for one bride to handle. Many brides opt to hire a wedding planner.

When hiring a wedding planner, it is important to discuss with them what you’re expecting from them. Do you want them to be there to help you make decisions every step of the way? Do you want to have just a few meetings with them to make sure you’re on the right track to creating your dream wedding? Or do you just need someone to be there for you on the big day? Depending on what your expectations are, pricing may vary.

Many women prefer to plan their own wedding. This can help you save money, as well as give you complete control over every minute detail. Just remember, it’s ok to ask for help. And you can always hire a planner later on if it turns out to be harder than you expected.

Create the Vision of the Wedding

Close your eyes and imagine your wedding day. What do you see? This theme can consist of anything, from a colour scheme to red carpet glam. Do you want to incorporate your culture or heritage into the theme? What about your favourite fairytale from when you were little? Are you going to make your wedding eco-friendly?

Once you have a theme in mind, you have the foundation for how to go about planning the big day. It is vital to create a theme for a wedding before you start purchasing things. Everything will depend on the theme you choose. For example, you probably wouldn’t want to wear a huge ball gown to a simple backyard wedding.

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Simple and Elegant Wedding Tent Decoration Ideas for Your Outdoor Wedding

Wedding Tent Decoration Ideas

An outdoor wedding on a beautiful day can be a glorious thing, but a tent is a much needed accessory. Just about everyone wants to have perfect weather on their wedding day, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Not to worry, there are many ways to decorate your tent to create a magical experience for all your guests.

Tent Size and Color

The color of choice for a wedding tent is typically white, but you can choose any color you’d like. Another essential decision you’ll need to make is what size you’d like the tent to be. The size will depend on how many guests you expect, but it will also depend on how much of the reception you would like for guests to spend under its cover. You can choose a smaller tent just for the cocktail hour or one just for dining, but if you are concerned about the elements, you should plan to use the tent for the entire night. You can always make a quick change if the sun comes out.

Flowers

You should decorate your tent as you would expect a reception hall to be decorated. If you are using a specific flower throughout the event, such as a daisy or calla lily, you should also use this flower to decorate the tent. This flower can be added to garland and twisted around the tent poles, or it can be arranged with other flowers in large vases to be placed at the tent entrance. For a natural vibe, choose an outdoor location that is close to a garden; this way, guests can marvel at the beauty of the natural botanicals and you won’t have to use as many cut flowers.

Lighting

If your event is in the evening, you will want to add some functional and decorative lighting. For a fun and inviting vibe, try wrapping strings of small white lights around the poles of your tent. You can also hang paper lanterns from the ceiling, just out of reach of the guests. This type of decorative lighting will cast a warm glow on your reception, creating a subtle yet romantic ambiance.

The most important thing to keep in mind about decorating the tent for your wedding is that it should coordinate with your other décor, but it shouldn’t stand out. Keep the hues subtle and the lighting dim, so you can be the star of the day – not the tent.

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3 Essential Tips for Planning your Dream Wedding

Your wedding day is inarguably one of the most important events in your life. You will be celebrating the undying commitment between you and the love of your life, so you want only the best experience for everyone.

Every bride-to-be wants to make their big day perfect. There’s the pressure to make it stand out and extra memorable so those in attendance will gush about it for years to come. This can make the whole planning process overwhelming and leave you feeling stressed, especially if you really have no idea where to start.

To help you make the most out of this life-changing experience, here are three essential tips that will help you get started with planning your dream wedding and actually do it right.

Wedding Planning Tips

Have a tentative guest list

Creating a guest list is one of the most challenging aspects of the wedding planning process. You cannot do this alone so even if you are doing most of the planning, you and your partner should work together in putting together your preliminary guest list.

The first thing to consider is your budget. Yes, it would be great to have everyone celebrate your big day with you but you need to stick to your budget to avoid stress and drama later on. And even if you have an unlimited budget, you still need to be realistic with your guest list count due to venue size and other factors. Remember, more guests means more stress and effort on your part.

Furthermore, be prepared to pare down your tentative guest list. This is the part where you might ruffle a few feathers but you’re not expected to please everyone. So go ahead and formulate your own cutting rules.

You decide on the people you want to be there with you on your wedding day. Think of your guests as must-haves and nice-to-haves. Your must-haves can be your immediate family members, close relatives, and your best buds – people you can’t imagine not by your side on this very special occasion. While those in your nice-to-have list might include co-workers, distant relatives, and other people you’d still want to be there. If there are people in your list that do not fit in these categories, don’t invite them. And please, don’t invite people
just because you feel really bad for leaving them off.

Choose a location

Where do you plan to hold your wedding? Will it be in the city or town where you or your partner currently lives? Or is there a wedding destination you’ve been eyeing for years?

When choosing a location for your wedding, you need to think ahead if it’s doable and if it will make it easier for you to execute your wedding plans. You would also want a location that’s accessible for your guests because if you choose to hold your wedding somewhere, that’s too far away, many of your guests might not make it due to time and budget constraints.

Pick your wedding date

One of the most important decisions you have to make when planning your wedding is picking the wedding date. The moment you announce your plans to get married, you will be asked the ultimate question: ‘When’s the big day?”

There are factors to consider when choosing a wedding date. You need to think of the season, the availability of your chosen venue, and the preferred length of your engagement, among other things. If you’re planning a wedding on a modest budget, you might choose to get married during the low season so you can negotiate for better deals and deep discounts with all your vendors. An off-season wedding is also advised for those who want a shorter engagement because there aren’t as many competition, so it’s very likely that your favorite vendors will be available on the date you picked.

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