Savannah Allen colorblindness, student sees color for first time (News)


Savannah Allen colorblindness, student sees color for first time.

One woman is now seeing the world through a different lens.

Savannah Allen, 22, has known of her colorblindness since she was little.

“So if I see green, it’s usually brown and if I see red, it’s usually brown,” said Allen.

It wasn’t until her second year in her dental hygienist program at UC Blue Ash that she saw it as a major setback.

“I was scaling a patient and just going through my routine and I had one of the instructors come over and she was like, ‘You’ve missed everything,’ and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ and she was like, ‘Look here here, here and here,’ and I’m like, ‘I can’t see. I have no idea what you’re talking about,’” Allen recalled.

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Throughout the program she and her cohorts joked about the way she saw color, but when Allen realized she may have to quit the program, they stepped up to help.

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A group of her friends in the class researched colorblind assisting glasses and contacts trying to find the best match for Allen. They came together and started a GoFund Me page to buy the $400 glasses.

“We even contemplated whether or not giving her the money directly, but we just thought it be just a great moment to share and watch her see color for the first time,” said Isabella Perrin.

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What a moment it was.

For the first time Allen saw her friends more clearly.

Now the wife and mom is able to live out her lifelong dream of helping others smile a little brighter.

“I don’t want anybody to feel like they have to pursue something that they love just because of something that’s a disability, because it’s not. It’s just the way we were born. It’s just different,” said Allen.


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