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Healthy 2013: Vietnamese Chicken Salad Recipe

Hello all-

A super quick post just to share a recipe for what we had for dinner tonight. This time Phil cooked and I cleaned (I hate cleaning, but love eating everything he makes).

We stuck to the ‘dinner menu’ we planned ūüôā Hopefully it’s something we can make a habit of doing.

 

 

Recipe further down…

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Posted by on Jan 3rd, 2013 in lifestyle and health | 0 comments.

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Healthy 2013: Clean Eating Diary

Hello everyone,

The world hasn’t ended, the weather has been unusually nice for Melbourne, and so far it’s been a promising start to the new year.

Do you have any New Years resolutions for 2013? I have a few. One of them is a pledge to respect and take care of my body starting from today- for the last 6 months I had been over indulging in food and drink, getting lazy with exercise, and  generally being rather naughty.

Not the most original thing you’ve heard around this time of year, but you’ll forgive me for that I hope.

 

 

One small change I’m going make is to be more organised with meal planning- have a dinner schedule for the week so we can be more efficient with shopping, cooking, and streamlining ingredients. Quite often we’ll get home and be too lazy to think of a meal and doing the shopping for it so we end up eating out in one of the many many restaurant choices in our area.

The whiteboard (blackboard on the other side) easel we picked up today is a fun way to do exactly that.

If you guys don’t mind terribly, I am hoping to update this Clean Eating Diary at least each fortnight just to keep myself responsible. Don’t be shy with suggestions!

We made this last night….. it was delicious ūüôā

 

 

Steamed whole barramundi with spring onions and ginger:

– whole barramundi

– ginger

– spring onion

– Soy sauce

– 1 tbsp olive oil (heated in a saucepan until smoking and poured over the dish)

– 1 tspn sugar

 

 

Stirfried water spinach with garlic

– water spinach

– garlic

– dried shrimp

 

Posted by on Jan 1st, 2013 in lifestyle and health | 0 comments.

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Your friendly blogging optometrist: dangers of cosmetic coloured contact lenses

 

 

Hi everyone,

Just your everyday beauty blogging optometrist here- thought I would finally put on my health care professional hat on this blog after avoiding it for the last 2 years.

To be completely honest here, I had avoided blogging about anything related to my career because:

 

a) I wanted My Funny Valentine to be an escape from my day job and kept totally separate.

b) I didn’t want google to connect My Funny Valentine to Jenny (B.Optom UNSW) – although I suppose I’ve really put the nail in the coffin there haven’t I?

c) Giving health advice on the internet is fraught with danger.

 

I must credit Yishan from www.beautyswatch.com¬†for suggesting this idea, over 12 months ago while we were catching up over coffee. ¬†She’s a fountain of wisdom for me, and is always looking out for the best interest of the readers.

The reason I decided to speak out about contact lens related issues now is because lately I’ve had one too many patients come to see me with complications from the inappropriate use of coloured contact lenses and circle lenses- all of them ordered their lenses online and none of them had their lenses fitted by a professional. These girls had no idea what risks they were taking, because no one had ever told them.

 

 

Why the sad face, Edward?

 

The popularity of coloured and ‘circle’ contact lenses has increased exponentially in the last few years, and there is now a mind boggling number of unlicenced online retailers allowing easy access to cosmetic contact lenses without requiring any sort of professional care.

This has been a huge concern among eye care professionals (as well as the TGA and FDA) since we’re seeing an alarming increase in rates of sight threatening complications directly associated with the inappropriate use of these lenses. The danger comes from the fact that these lenses are being used without all the proper fitting, instruction, and regular monitoring from an eye doctor or optometrist- patients are wearing lenses that are potentially wrong for their eye shape, and have not had any education on lens care and hygiene.

 [Eye Contact Lens. 2003 Oct;29(4):196-200. Ocular complications associated with the use of cosmetic contact lenses from unlicensed vendors. Steinemann TL, Pinninti U, Szczotka LB, Eiferman RA, Price FW Jr.]

This is a recipe for disaster, and the final dish can sometimes look something like this…

 

 

image taken from www.ophthalmologymanagement.com

 

This is a case of Pseudomonas Keratitis, a severe infection of the cornea (the clear dome on top of the coloured part of your eye), secondary to inappropriate, unmonitored contact lens wear. Less severe complications include corneal scarring, new blood vessels growing into the cornea (see image below), smaller corneal ulcers, and inflammatory ocular responses from sleeping in lenses.

 

New blood vessels growing into the cornea- sadly, virtually all long term coloured lens wearers will have this to some degree.

New blood vessels growing into the cornea- sadly, virtually all long term regular wearers of coloured contacts will have this to some degree.

So how do I safely use coloured lenses?

 

Glad you asked.

For patients to be fitted into any contact lenses, including non prescription cosmetic lenses, an eye doctor or optometrist needs to do a full eye health and refractive check to determine whether lenses are suitable and what type is required. A proper fitting process, teach, and after care appointments are needed to make sure the contact lenses and solutions are compatible with the eye and performing well. Rather than going into too much detail here, I’ve just linked a PDF copy of the Contact Lens Consultation form that our practice uses for those that are interested ¬†in finding out what is involved —> ¬†Contact lens consultation info

A review of the literature shows that most, if not all cases of severe eye complications from cosmetic lenses presenting to emergency departments around the world are cases where the patient has not had been to an eye care professional.

[Cornea. 2012 Jul;31(7):777-9. Colored cosmetic contact lenses: an unsafe trend in the younger generation. Singh S, Satani D, Patel A, Vhankade R.]
[Eye Contact Lens. 2005 Sep;31(5):194-200. Over-the-counter decorative contact lenses: Cosmetic or Medical Devices? A Case Series. Steinemann TL, Fletcher M, Bonny AE, Harvey RA, Hamlin D, Zloty P, Besson M, Walter K, Gagnon M.]

As an optometrist, I would never recommend wearing coloured contact lenses more than once a week, and never more than 8 hrs at a time, even when they have been properly fitted. The reason for this is that these lenses are significantly less oxygen permeable (breathable) compared with some of the clear contact lenses available on the market, and if the lenses are worn too much patients will inevitably end up with chronic damage to the cornea due to lack of oxygen.

So the answer is, you can safely wear coloured lenses if you only wear them occasionally and under the guidance of an eye care professional.

 

 

References:

1. Cornea. 2012 Jul;31(7):777-9. Colored cosmetic contact lenses: an unsafe trend in the younger generation. Singh S, Satani D, Patel A, Vhankade R.
2. Eye Contact Lens. 2005 Sep;31(5):194-200. Over-the-counter decorative contact lenses: Cosmetic or Medical Devices? A Case Series. Steinemann TL, Fletcher M, Bonny AE, Harvey RA, Hamlin D, Zloty P, Besson M, Walter K, Gagnon M.
 3. [Eye Contact Lens. 2003 Oct;29(4):196-200. Ocular complications associated with the use of cosmetic contact lenses from unlicensed vendors. Steinemann TL, Pinninti U, Szczotka LB, Eiferman RA, Price FW Jr.]
4. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2009 May;37(4):419-20. Cosmetic contact lens-related Acanthamoeba keratitis. McKelvie J, Patel D, McGhee C.

 

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Posted by on Nov 23rd, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Your friendly blogging optometrist | 2comments


Obligatory Cat Lady Shots: My New Toy the Canon 50mm 1.8

Since investing in a DSLR for the first time about a month ago (I have the Canon 60D) , I’ve really fallen in love with the having complete manual control over what I want to convey in my photos. It has been so much fun, I can’t believe I haven’t switched over earlier.

After a couple of weeks with my camera, I decided that I needed a prime lens with a larger aperture to the ‘kit lens’ that I got as a bundle with my Canon 60D (the Canon 18-55 ¬†3.5-5.6) because I’m a bit obsessed with images that feature shallow depth of field.

So I picked up the Canon 50mm 1.8, AKA the ‘Plastic Fantastic’ recommended to me by the lovely Maria of Crashing Red blog. Probably the best value for money prime lens out there, and in the grand scheme of things, it’s cheap as chips. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

I haven’t really taken any blog images with this lens yet, but I must have taken a million cat photos lol. Here are a few.

 

Model Diz

 

‘Evil Diz’

 

Obligatory Cat Lady Shots: My New Toy the Canon 50mm 1.8

 

Cutest kitty paws in the world

 

 

Obligatory Cat Lady Shots: My New Toy the Canon 50mm 1.8

Dizzy for Sorbent, Spring Summer 2013

Obligatory Cat Lady Shots: My New Toy the Canon 50mm 1.8

 

Posted by on Nov 11th, 2012 in Dizzy, lifestyle and health | 0 comments.

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Weekend diary: Brighton, Melbourne.

I love how the days are getting longer now in Melbourne. Last Sunday afternoon was warm, sunny, and light until 7:30. P and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and paid a visit to Brighton beach (a stone’s throw from where we live) for the first time.

After living in inland Orange, NSW, over 4 hrs drive away from the beach, it’s a nice change living so close to the water and now that it’s warming up I think I want to start jogging along the beach.

Brighton beach is remarkable for it’s 82 colourful Victorian era timber bathing boxes, which is a Melbourne cultural icon. Back in the day they were used as change rooms and as an escape from the sun and wind. Nowadays they are padlocked and god knows what they are actually used for but I read somewhere that they have been sold for upwards of $200,000 (only available to Brighton ¬†ratepayers).

 

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