One of the best things about the summer is that it’s BBQ season! There’s no finer food than grilled wings, ribs, burgers and sausages cooked on the BBQ right there in the backyard. Unless you’re a vegetarian, of course, in which case there’s probably a tin of lentils in the cupboard so go crazy. The problem with barbecues though is that the smoke can cause problems for us contact lens wearers. Smoke in the eyes can increase the chances of ulcers and infections like Dry Eye Syndrome, but it needn’t be a hassle if you follow a few simple guidelines.
BBQ Advice For Contact Lens Wearers
Make sure you go prepared by bringing plenty of re-wetting drops to hydrate your eyes and bring your contact lens storage case with plenty of cleaning solution. If you feel any irritation at all then remove them for a while and let your eyes relax without the lenses in for a while.
Of course, you can just not wear your contact lenses at all until the food is cooked and the barbecue has been extinguished. Bring your emergency specs with you to wear until the smoke has died down and then you can pop to the bathroom and put your contacts in for the BBQ after-party.
If the barbecue you’re attending is a much bigger affair, where the food will be continually being cooked over the course of several hours or even throughout the whole day, then you can simply find a nice spot as far away from the grill as possible. Check the wind direction before getting settled as you might get comfortable only to discover you have sat down directly in the path of where Mother Nature has decided to blow all the smoke.
Advice for Contact Lens Wearing BBQ Hosts
The above measures are all well and good if you are but a guest at the barbecue, but what to do when you’re the host and are expected to do the cooking? You’ll need to be able to see what you’re doing so going near blind without your contacts in for a while isn’t an option. If you have spare spectacles then these are always an option. And even if you have abandoned your specs ages ago, you can still protect yourself from the BBQ smoke while wearing your lenses.
The best thing you can do is get hold of some plastic laboratory glasses which fit completely over and around your eyes and keep the smoke out. Alternatively, scuba diving or swimming goggles will do the same job. You can keep your contact lenses in without worrying about the strain of the smoke on your peepers while still managing to impress everyone with your superior chicken grilling abilities.
Methods of the Machiavellian Masterchefs
There is another method you can employ should you be the host of a BBQ. This one is especially useful for the lazier among us, and involves letting your guests do all the cooking for you. Every BBQ will feature at least a couple of guys who want to satisfy their inner caveman by setting fire to some sausages so go ahead and let them. You’ll know which ones they are as they’ll gather round the grill and watch your every move, offering a little bit of advice here and there and eyeing up the lighter fluid bottle with increasing excitement.
All it then takes is to quickly remember you left something indoors and ask one of them to watch the ribs for a second, hand them the BBQ prongs and disappear for a few minutes inside. On your return you will discover the grill has been well and truly taken over by several jostling macho guys who genuinely believe they have ascended to the great throne of manliness and have no idea you’ve just manipulated them into doing all the work for you. Remember to offer a quick ‘Are you alright with that, Hank?’ upon returning and before relaxing somewhere away from the billowing smoke. No man in his right mind is going to answer no to that question. Especially if his name is Hank.