Hannah lost her sight when she was on holiday in Greece and drank alcohol that gave her methanol poisoning. Here, she shares her life-changing story:
When I lost my sight overnight, I thought my life was over. Nothing can prepare you for the shock of something like that.
I was just a 20-year-old girl on holiday with her friends in Greece, and it turns out that I was a victim of incredibly bad luck – I drank some contaminated alcohol on a night out and it gave me methanol poisoning.
It robbed me of my sight and gave me kidney failure too. When I was told by the doctor that my sight wouldn’t come back, that was the most horrible moment for me. It felt like I was in a nightmare.
Angela, my sight loss adviser helped with so much. The first thing she made clear was not to give up my job as a receptionist. She then told me step-by-step what I needed to do next and helped arrange appointments. She knew everything!
I’ve lost 90 per cent of my sight and am completely blind in my right eye, but I’m determined to change as little in my life as possible. It’s going back to work that probably helped me to be more confident, trying to get back to my life, doing things that I used to do. I can go out on my own, walk my dog, go and meet my friends. I make a point of doing things on my own.
We can only fund sight loss advisers and other RNIB services because of your kindess and generosity.
£8 could provide a 20 minute appointment to help a person understand more about their eye condition and be given support to administer their eye treatment independently.
£12 could pay for a 30 minute session with a sight loss adviser, helping someone cope with the impact of finding out that they are losing their sight.
£48 could pay for two hours of support to provide urgently needed emotional and practical help to someone who has recently lost their sight through an accident or trauma.