Focusing On What Matters

Name: Jessica Savage
Profession: Social Media & Design
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Jessica is 20 years old and lives in Cheltenham with her boyfriend and dog. She loves anything creative and can be found searching the world for weird and wonderful things.

Ever since I was little, I have suffered with bad eyesight. I have lots of childhood memories visiting the opticians and as you can see from my picture, I always chose the coolest glasses. I was obviously just ahead of my time, wearing geek chic glasses.

I always used to lose my glasses on purpose so I didn’t have to wear them. Luckily, my eyesight gradually improved and at the age of 16 I no longer needed to wear glasses, which I was ecstatic about.

However, when I was approaching 20, it started to creep back in and everything started going blurry again with my left eye having a mind of its own. So, to my humiliation, I had to go and see an eye doctor at the hospital who waved a stick with Mickey Mouse on the end of it in front of me.

After reading out the sight test all wrong, A G M P E T funnily looks like Y 4 K L 3 F when you have bad sight, which the optician found rather amusing. He said “Well, first things first, there are no numbers in that line, so it’s safe to say you need glasses again”.

Now in my twenties, I had to pay over £100 for my eye test and glasses, so there’s no ‘losing’ them now. It turns out I need to wear them most of the time, as opposed to just wearing them for reading and driving. Being quite vain, I refuse to do this and live most of each day with blurred vision.

I can hear you saying “Why doesn’t she just get contact lenses”, so that’s what I did. I went to and booked an eye test that was on offer for £5 and I now order my contact lenses online, they’re delivered straight to my door.

Now I can see properly it’s hard to believe I used to go about my day with terrible blurry vision. I also love the fact that because I ordered my contacts online through Give as you Live, I raised money for Brain Research Trust, so now I can focus on just about anything.