Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2016’

Don’t Forget the Stella and Dot Trunk Show, in the Bailie Hotel at 7.00pm

2016-03-31-00.33.45Ladies, don’t forget to pop into the Bailie Hotel this evening to view the Stella and Dot Jewellery.

I am in the Shamrock Suite, up the stairs just after the front door.

Hope to see you there from 7.00pm!!


Acanthamoeba Keratitis.

I had a young man in earlier who was wearing a pair or Air Optix monthly replacement contact lenses, bought from an optician’s in Navan, from our prescription though.

He ran out of lenses about 1 month ago, so has been wearing this pair for two months now. To be fair the lenses looked in not too bad condition, but we cannot advise or condone wearing a medical device (which a contact lens is), for longer than it is designed, or licenced to be worn.

BUT…. he ran out of contact lens solutions also approximately 1 month ago, so he has been using — TAP WATER.

Tap water can commonly contain Acanthamoeba, which can cause devastating corneal infections – potentially sight threatening infection. Tap water does not kill bacteria, which will naturally be on the surface of the contact lenses – you need to clean the contact lenses and store them in an approved solution to kill off the the bugs which were not rubbed off. Acanthamoeba eat the “Biofilm” on the contact lens (the bacteria, mould spores, mucus and other contaminants which coat the lens during wear) so if there is no contamination on the lens there is less for an amoeba to eat. But if they get into your cornea, they will start eating the nerves in your cornea, which as you can imagine may “smart” a little. Often a “red flag” for an acanthamoeba infection is a very incredibly painful eye, with little sign that it should be so sore – it can take a while for the problems to begin to show up on examination.

Acanthamoeba Keratitis.Never ever ever store your contact lenses in tap water. You should not even ever allow water to get onto your contact lenses, which means thorough hand drying before handling the lenses (you did just wash your hands, didn’t you??) I gave him a new pair and told him to throw the old ones away. I also gave him some solutions to tide him over until his valuepack arrives.

This lad seems to have gotten away with it, hopefully, but I advised him (again) never to mix tap water with contact lenses. But I did advise him never to mix tap water with contact lenses when I originally fitted him, and taught him how to apply and remove them…. OK, that was a good few years ago, but just one more time…. DO NOT MIX TAP WATER AND CONTACT LENSES, AT ALL EVER!

We have a contact lens dos and don’ts on the website – it might not be a bad idea to have a quick refresher if you wear contact lenses.


Stella & Dot

Welcoming you to Stella & Dot recently available in lovely Ireland.

A couple of American Ladies started this business in 2004 with their own ideas, drawings,and hand crafted over approx a year for each piece getting gems from Asia to provide sensational pieces for us to share.  Personally when I order something on-line, I’m always stunned by real jewelry when it arrives. A lot of pieces are versatile too. I ordered rose gold earrings for lady yesterday. 6 ways to wear. How clever is that. Necklaces are versatile also.  The business is available now in 6 countries. A lot of my UK friends are very excited as it is very well known there. The little parties I hold are so much fun. Can be tea afternoon to view and try on, or few vinos, whatever suits. Its a great little outlet for ladies who wish to work from home and have fun. Have some nights out booked but perhaps also some bigger events in The Bailie Hotel & Cabra Castle coming up. Over 50% of pieces are under 50 EURO.  Kids jewels also & so easy for gifts. Online delivery from 4-7 days.  I’d love, if interested you would have your first Stella & Dot evening with a few friends to be in there for the beautiful bling.


Bailie Hotel is 21st May at 7pm

Cabra Castle is 25th May at 7pm



When, and why, do your eyes get itchy?

A mast cell stabiliser, such as Opticrom, or Optrex for Hayfevery Eyes, is very effective to reduce the itching and discomfort experienced by a pollen allergy – commonly called hayfever. But who knew that there were so many common causes of  an allergic reaction? – I for one thought that pollen was pollen! I was never a hay fever sufferer as a child, but recently developed an issue. Using this infograph, and also thinking about what caused my major problem, for me I reckon it is nettles! Once after strimming, I had a serious swelling of my eyes, where the conjunctiva was “spilling over my eyelids”! A couple of antihistamines and some drops later, things settled down. I still “suffer” from itchy eyes at certain times, but this year I am going to try drops for the nettle season to see how I get on! Last time I bought Opticrom locally it cost €11.22 – I recently found the package. You may need a couple or three bottles for your season, but if it reduces the problem, it may be worthwhile.

As a Scotsman, from Fife (the equivalent of a Cavan man), I bought a bottle, but having found out how much it cost, I didn’t open it, thinking that “I will use it if my eyes get worse”. I then promptly lost it, so it serves me right for being a meanie! But I did recently find it, and it is unopened, and still in date, I will try it, starting in June this year. Hopefully I can report back a success!

Scottish people, and Fife people in particular are not mean, I would imply Cavan men aren’t either –  just a joke…. Billy Connelly reckoned that two Scotsmen invented copper wire, while fighting over a penny…

As the information suggests, though mast cell stabilisers are very effective, it may take a few weeks to make a difference, so attempting to find the cause of the itch is very insightful.

If you wear contact lenses, and have itchy eyes, perhaps all year round, or getting worse, it is more likely that you have a contact lens (or solutions) issue than a pollen issue – how much contact lens solution gets in the eyes every day compared to pollen? Have a contact lens check-up where you normally go.

It is particularly  important that parents try to prevent their children from rubbing their eyes, though it is easier said than done – if they are itchy, prevent them from itching – eye rubbing is thought to be a major (perhaps THE major cause) of Keratoconus!



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