Hollie White, a public health nurse at Watford General Hospital, has battled with poor vision for over 16 years, until receiving free laser eye surgery from Optical Express.
27-year-old Hollie, a single mum from Garston, has grown up with poor eyesight affecting her everyday life.
Reaching a prescription of -2.75 in both eyes, she was forced to wear glasses to get through her working day as a nurse and to carry out the simplest tasks.
Contact lenses weren’t an option for Hollie because they would cause her eyes to become dry and irritated after extended periods of time and because of the hectic nature of her job.
When giving birth to her daughter, she was unable to wear her glasses which meant that she missed the very first opportunity to see her daughters face.
After struggling with her sight for long enough, Hollie applied for the Optical Express ‘Thanks a Million’ campaign which has been rewarding NHS and emergency service workers in the UK since 2017.
Following her successful application, Hollie is no longer dependent on glasses to see.
Talking about her new 20:20 vision, Hollie said: “Having to rely on glasses to see for the last 16 years has been a struggle. My poor vision significantly affected my everyday mood and lowered my overall mental health so to be offered laser eye surgery is truly life-changing.
“With 20/20 vision, I can now look forward to watching my daughter grow up and won’t miss out on anymore special moments.”
Following a survey of members of the British public, the Thanks a Million campaign rewarded free laser eye surgery to deserving members of the NHS and emergency service workers because the results showed that they are the most deserving of thanks.
David Moulsdale, chairman and CEO of Optical Express said: “As part of our Thanks a Million campaign, to date we’ve given away £1 million worth of free eye surgery to those who deserve our thanks most in the UK.
“The individual stories that have come out of the campaign have been heart-warming to hear. Hollie’s story especially, with her hard work as a nurse and a new mum deserves rewarding and we’re thrilled that we were able to offer her this life-changing treatment.”