“That’s a Quarter of a Century – Makes a Girl Think”

So, it was my twenty-fifth birthday this week. Thanks to everyone who wished me happy birthday – in person and via social medias.
The title of this post comes from Marilyn Monroe’s character in Some Like It Hot, where she talks about getting married. For the record, I currently have no intention of getting married, I just like the out-of-context quote, so I used it.
Aaaaaanyway, I’ve been planning this comic strip since I started this new blog, so I really hope you like it.Birthday Blues Comic Strip - with text

The Curious Incident of the Lens in the Nighttime

I want to tell you about my experience of using Nocturnal contact lenses. Although not the most fascinating subject in the world, I’m super infatuated with these new lenses, which (hopefully) will ensure that I will never have to wear glasses or daytime contact lenses for nearsightedness ever again.

The lenses are worn overnight, and during this time they flatten the front of the wearer’s eye, correcting the vision so that it’s basically 20/20. In the morning, the lenses are removed and the wearer can see perfectly without needing any corrective accessories during the day. (It sounds like witchcraft – awesome, convenient, slightly icky witchcraft.)

I find this lack of daytime vision-correction particularly fantastic because glasses are utterly infuriating. They steam up in sudden changes of temperature, and collect water droplets in the rain, both of which annoyingly obscure vision. Glasses are also really frustrating because they get pushed to a wonky angle when trying to lie down on your side to watch TV, use a laptop, or read. And don’t even get me started on trying to do exercise while wearing glasses – they get in the way, they’re uncomfortable, they can get knocked off, they are unreasonably irritating!

Regular contact lenses are considerably better than glasses, but I always found I was running out of lenses, and for me, they had a tendency to leave my eyes red, dry and sore after having worn them for a few days, which meant I was back to the irritation of glasses (mentioned, in excessive detail, above).

These Nocturnal lenses, however, are better still because in the interim between wearing them overnight, your eyes get an entire day to be out in the open, which means they don’t dry up as easily. You don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking out a lens if you rub your eye, and you never have to substitute a lens for glasses if they become uncomfortable during the day – because you’re not wearing anything (on your eyes)!

The Nocturnal lenses are also safer than laser eye surgery. Even if we discount the fact that any form of surgery comes with risks, the Nocturnal lenses also have the advantage that, unlike laser eye surgery, the process is completely reversible. So if, for some reason, the wearer decides they want to go back to using glasses to correct their vision, they merely need to stop using the Nocturnal lenses and their vision will deteriorate back to where it was when they started the process. (Why anyone would WANT to start using glasses again is utterly beyond me, but it’s nice to have the option, I guess?)

There are a few negative aspects to the Nocturnal lenses, as well. Firstly, the price. Although cheaper than laser eye surgery, in total the Nocturnal lens process costs £200 – that is, £50 for the fitting process and all subsequent aftercare appointments, and £150 for the lenses themselves. This is obviously a major expense, but from my perspective, if it can be afforded, it’s definitely worth the investment.

The only other aspect that is a potential turn off is that the Nocturnal lenses are “hard” lenses, which are considerably less comfortable than regular “soft” lenses that most people wear during the day. This means you CAN feel the lens when wearing them, however, within a few days I got used to the feeling, and the lenses are not uncomfortable when your eyes are closed – and, given they’re worn right when going to bed, closed eyes are kind of the natural state. They still allow you to see when your eyes are open; in fact, my optician, who has two young children, likes these lenses because they allow him to attend to the kids if they wake in the middle of the night without having to fumble for glasses.

On a personal note, being forced to maintain a regimented bedtime routine (with the lenses being inserted last thing before lying down to sleep) has actually really helped my sleeping patterns. Each night, I set up an audiobook to listen to on Audible and find it more comfortable to keep my eyes closed while listening. This means I get to sleep much faster than I would if I was more able to be distracted. It’s an unexpected additional bonus!

All in all, I am very happy with these Nocturnal lenses, and recommend them unreservedly (especially to those who loathe wearing glasses as much as I do). I hope this short description of my experiences is helpful to some people.


Eye Spy

What’s in a pun?

Kirsty’s Keyboard. That’s me, by the way: Kirsty Morgan. The keyboard part is a pun, on account of being the bit of the computer that I’ll be writing this blog with and also the type of instrument I play. I love playing the piano more than any other activity. I love it more than sleeping, more than chocolate, more than (and this is a big one) Diet Coke. I have a YouTube channel where I upload videos of me playing the piano. I’d love it if you’d like to check it out sometime. Let me know what you think.

It took me an unreasonably long time to come up with the pun, by the way. I like alliteration and playing the piano and, well, typing’s okay too, I guess. So it really ought to have been obvious. But… it wasn’t. Not to me, anyway. But we got there eventually and now I have a name for my new blog.

What will the blog be about? Mostly music-related content, I think. I am just about to finish a music degree at the University of Aberdeen, and I think it would be good to put my degree to use (at least in the unpaid online world). My long-term goal is to get into music journalism. I already write dance reviews for the website Bachtrack (here), which I think is a good start. But those are just dance reviews and I want to write about various sorts of music. So, that stuff will go on this blog.

I think I’ll also write some Lifestyle articles. I like reading, so I could write about books I’ve read (or listened to audiobooks of); and I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and baking recently (I got a Nordic cookbook for my Christmas last month) so I definitely want to share about that. And I think I’ll generally talk about other things that are going on in my life, too (provided they’re interesting enough, of course!).

My current plan is to write a post a week. It’s not like I especially have much else to do at the moment, except search for a job. Hopefully I can stick to that schedule… I will certainly try anyway!

I think that’s enough information to be getting on with for a first post. Hopefully this blog will be enjoyable for you to read and for me to write.

If you’ve gotten this far, then thanks! I look forward to writing more for you in the future.

In the meantime, bye for now,

Kirsty x