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Team 21: Kate Williams – My Beautiful Vision: Why I’m Looking Forward To Being Free Of Contact Lenses


As an online writer within the fashion and beauty world, everything is visual. Being a creative person, having a clear view on what’s in front of you is pretty important. I found getting contact lenses after being an occasional glasses wearer during my transition to short sighted-ness freeing enough; who knew people were supposed to see this clearly all of the time?? With this in mind, I can’t wait to get my laser eye surgery.

Having started up with contacts, what must have been four years ago, I’ve found them somewhat addictive. You know you’re not supposed to wear them all the time, and you’re meant to take them out after no more than ten hours’ wear, but with the freeing nature of having no glasses on your face obscuring your view of the perfect dress or amazing eye shadow, it’s tempting, and quite likely, that I’ll find myself wearing them from the minute I wake up in the morning, to the moment my head hits the pillow at night.

This definitely takes it’s toll on your eyes, with dryness and ichy-ness becoming daily irritants. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing my glasses on occasion, as you can see above, and goodness knows the fashion world have embraced them in all their glory of late, but being able to see without anything getting in your way has been a revelation for me and my career.

So why abandon the wonderful world of contact lenses in favor of the somewhat scary world of laser eye surgery? With their advantages, contact lenses have their drawbacks, too. Only someone that has done this before will know the headache inducing moment when you wake up realising you’ve fallen asleep in last night’s pair of contact lenses. Not to mention the restriction they enforce on activities like swimming as well as being able to be experimental with make up, beauty in general and other things like applying false eyelashes.

All in all, being able to see with as little getting in the way as possible is paramount, so laser eye surgery for me is a no-brainer. I’ll let you know how I get on in my next blog post after my surgery, but for now, wish me luck!

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