When did you start considering laser eye surgery? ANNABEL GILES DISCUSSES WHEN SHE BEGAN TO CONSIDER LASER EYE SURGERY Well, when I actually had the Stevens-Johnson, I was sent to the eye hospital of where I lived, and they said, "Oh, it's fine. It hasn't touched your eyes. You're fine." But I still had sore eyes some months afterwards, and eventually, I got in touch with the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome people, who said,
What advice would you give to prospective patients? ANNABEL GILES GIVES PROSPECTIVE PATIENTS ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO NEXT I would say to someone who's thinking about having this done, to absolutely go ahead and do it. Because it changed my whole life completely. I no longer need to be thinking, "Ooh, I'll just put my lenses in for a couple of hours, and then take them out as soon as
What condition did you have and how did it impact your life? ANNABEL GILES DISCUSSES WHAT CONDITION SHE HAD AND HOW IT AFFECTED HER LIFE About five years ago, I was on a medication that it turned out I was allergic to. I had a very strong reaction to it. I had something called Stephens-Johnson syndrome, which is often fatal. There's no cure for it except stop taking the medicine. What
What was your experience with Mr Hamada like? ANNABEL GILES DISCUSSES HER EXPERIENCE WITH MR HAMADA I have to say Mr. Hamada is a safe pair of hands, the safest pair of hands. Because I've ... You know, I'm a bit of a fusspot. Occasionally I've rung him up going, "Oh, I don't know what I'm ..." and he'll just say, "No, it's all right, come and see me." He always makes
When did you notice the difference after your treatment? ANNABEL GILES DISCUSSES WHEN SHE STARTED TO NOTICE A DIFFERENCE AFTER SURGERY So I went to see Mr. Hamada at the hospital, and the lady I was sitting next to said, "Oh, he's brilliant, isn't he?" I said, "Well, I don't know, 'cause this is my first visit." I was actually a bit sick of being told there was nothing wrong with my
How did your condition feel and how did it impact your life? TANIA DELANEY DISCUSSES HOW HER CONDITION IMPACTED HER LIFE Before my surgery, I couldn't see at all. I found it difficult to pour cereal. I know it sounds ridiculous, but pouring cereal in a bowl. I'd miss. Walking down the stairs was a nightmare because I couldn't see my foot as I was going to go down the stairs. Really
How has your life changed since being treated by Mr Hamada? TANIA DELANEY DISCUSSES HOW HER LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE TREATMENT FROM MR HAMADA I don't have foggy eyes in the morning, they're clear. That came in time to be honest. I thought it was going to be like having a lens, obviously not. Yeah it's been... This eye is amazing, I've still got this one to go. I'll let you know.
What was your treatment like and was it painful? TANIA DELANEY DISCUSSES WHAT HER TREATMENT WAS LIKE I was offered lenses for long-sightedness. Mr. Hamada recommended monovision for me, so for distance and for reading, for close work and for distance, and it's been amazing. For the surgery, I went to the surgery, and Mr. Hamada came down and greeted me. So we went down, I had my first eye done for