The new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store in Dover has officially opened its doors, with a celebration led by a local youngster, for whom a pair of glasses meant he could see clearly for the first time in his life, following a diagnosis of severe longsightedness.
At two years old, Jacob Grilli had the team at his local Vision Express store in tears as they watched his face light up with pleasure as he modelled his new frames and ran around the store with a newfound confidence.
Jacob’s mum, Katy, a 33-year-old paediatrician, explained: “My eldest child Matthew is long-sighted and wears glasses, but when Jacob started pinching his glasses, and even his grandad’s, to wear we thought he just wanted to raise a smile as he loves to make people laugh.
“However, one day he took Matthew’s glasses and watched a whole television programme in them – it was then that I became concerned he may be self-medicating and decided to take him for his first eye test.”
During his Vision Express eye test, Jacob was found to have severe longsightedness and required a +9 lens prescription. “Since Jacob has been wearing glasses I can honestly say that he is a different little boy,” continued Katy. “The magic of the glasses hasn’t diminished for him since he first tried them on in store, which had been such an emotional moment for us.”