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Contact lens and chilli don't get along very well 
30th-Mar-2008 10:17 am
holyshit


My parents disapprove of contacts. More specifically, my dad.
He believes that by wearing contacts, I will one day become blind from poking my eyeballs repeatedly.
Uh huh...

When I first discovered I needed optical wear at 16 years old, my parents immediately took me to get a pair that looked almost exactly like my dad's: huge, oval and gold framed.

Yes, bloody gold framed. If a casting director shoved me in a Hong Kong triad movie from the early 80s, I would've fit right in alongside Chow Yun Fatt in his shoulder-padded short sleeve jacket and retro sunglasses.

Desperate to look less nerdy, I visited the optometrist by myself when I started working full-time and started using contacts.

My failing eyesight was thankfully, not that failing and I was able to go about without glasses 90% of the time. I still can go without glasses 90% of the time, but contacts are much more convenient. You pop them in in the morning and take them out at night. No need to go on a treasure hunt for them when you need glasses.

However, now that I have to cook on a daily basis, there's a new challenge: how do I cut chilli and take out my contacts later?

... you know where this is leading already, don't you...

I cut 1 chilli into strips to toss in last night's stir-fry and immediately washed my hands with soap. After several hours and repeatedly washing my hands, I thought it would be ok for me to remove my contacts in preparation for bed.

It BURNS! (>_<)

My eye refused to open again for the next 10 minutes. It was going 'nuh-uh', despite soothing it with running cold water and saline solution. And its twin must've known the pain, cuz it wouldn't open very wide either. A problem for someone with slitty eyes like me. How am I supposed to see if my already-tiny eyes won't open much?!

And the contact lens were still in there...

Insert groping around the bathroom for something... anything... to help.
The solution turned out to be 2 cotton buds dipped in saline solution to pry the little plastic discs out.

Oh, and cry myself to sleep to help wash out the capsaicin.

Note to self: do not remove contacts with fingers an hour... 2 hours... or 3-4 hours after cutting chilli for dinner. EVER.
Comments 
30th-Mar-2008 01:54 am (UTC)
lol.. what a wonderful modern tale! haha.. interesting! :)
30th-Mar-2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
I am such an idiot, therefore modern horror tales are aplenty. (^_~)
30th-Mar-2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Omigod Mel, you poor thing!

Gold framed and huge eh? Show us some pictures already! :)
30th-Mar-2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Hell no! (>_<)
Besides, I didn't take any photos with my glasses at the time. (^_^)Y
30th-Mar-2008 03:03 am (UTC)
>_o Ouchie, chilli in eye is never a fun thing. You can try using some milk to wash your hands or something. Milk works to ease pain if you get chilli in eye too, it removes capsacium pretty well. Though I don't know if milk in eye is a good thing.

I guess that's why my mum always wears gloves when handling chilli ''
30th-Mar-2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Gloves - that's the next thing on the shopping list. My hands are getting too dry from washing the dishes the few times I have done them.

Milk, I'll remember that for next time. (^_^;)
30th-Mar-2008 04:11 am (UTC) - Ouchies!!!
Oh, I wince in sympathy.

How ironic would it have been, though, to prove your father right? Not quite in the way he thinks you'll go blind, but pretty close. :)
30th-Mar-2008 11:01 pm (UTC) - Re: Ouchies!!!
*sigh* It annoys me that he can be right...
30th-Mar-2008 04:53 am (UTC)
*nodnod* Yeah. ouchies.
30th-Mar-2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Major ouchies =@ =@ =@
30th-Mar-2008 08:34 am (UTC)
i usually use scissors to cut chilli and i hold them by the stalks so i don't get the spiciness on my fingers :)
30th-Mar-2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
I would've used scissors if I only wanted rings of chilli, but I was after chilli strips without the seeds to throw into the stirfry. So knives would've been more efficient.
30th-Mar-2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I agree with iodinesoup, try some milk!
31st-Mar-2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
I;ve gotten milk in the eye, it only stings half as bad.
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