My journey with glasses
I have worn glasses since I was 3 years old. I started off with what my mum would call a wandering eye. It would go right into the corner when I was tired so I ended up with some pink NHS specs with a big plaster over one lens to stop me seeing. Having a name like Becky led to me being called Specky Becky quite a bit but I wasn’t exactly a shy and retiring kid so I stuck up for myself pretty well.
I have to say though glasses were always a pain for me, they steamed up slid off, broke got lost..nothing much has changed actually in how I feel about them.As the years progressed I dreamed about contact lenses and at 18 that was my gift. I was beyond happy. I think I thought it would turn me into the blond one out of charlies angels overnight. It didn’t but my confidence grew so much. I could kiss without banging my glasses on someone’s nose and that was just fabulous!
After a few years I just couldn’t be bothered any more with contact lenses. I am (it’s true) a highly disorganised person and I would misplace them or the cleaning fluid so often it got silly. However in my 20’s I no longer needed glasses for anything but reading. They had got stronger. That was fabulous.
Back to where I started
By my late 30s I started getting very bad headaches if I didn’t wear my glasses and I now need them pretty much all the time. I lose them constantly and have to have several pairs on the go. They are expensive, they mist up , get rain splattered, get sat on by the kids and are a pain!
All those years of not wearing glasses have made wearing them constantly really annoying for me and I do so struggle to keep track of them. My eyesight is getting worse though and I was told next year I would probably need varifocals. Having laser eyes surgery could not come and a better time.
Hopes for the future
My hope is that my vision will be perfect without the need for anything else. That I can just drive, read and get on with life without hunting for where I last put my glasses. I hope its really quick and painless and straightforward (I’m a bit scared to be honest.) The consultation I had was so reassuring and the op takes just 9 minutes can you believe it. I want to start playing tennis again and when I go to see my son play football in the pouring rain I’m hoping I will actually be able to see.
I have such high hopes. I think it will increase my confidence too, Ive been losing weight recently and this will be the icing on the cake. Glasses can look fab but I have a little round face and I have never thought they do much for me.
a rare photo of me in my glasses
The team 21 project
So these are my motivations, and the reasons I am going ahead. I’ll be back to tell you more post surgery. Mine is the 9th of November. 21 of us are having our eyes lasered as part of Optical Express celebrating 21 years of business. I feel so lucky and so blessed to be part of this project.
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I know its not really a budgeting kind of thing to do but its a huge treat and I will definitely save a fortune on glasses! The speed my prescripion changes I spend about £150 a year at the moment!
Disclaimer: My surgery is being provided for the purpose of review from Optical Express