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Anne


 

Name
Anne Lancaster

Home
Louisiana

Diagnosis
Dry MD left eye, Wet MD right eye

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Blue

Age at Diagnosis
58

Acuity
20/20 left eye, 20/100 -1 right eye

Treatment
Three PDT's right eye, Avastin injection right eye.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Currently stable in both eyes.

Family History
A maternal Great Aunt was blind and my paternal Grandmother had dry MD. My sister and brother also have MD.

Impact on My Life
This disease has been very hard to deal with emotionally, but I have come to terms with it with the support of my wonderful husband and sons, and their wives, and from my reading of other people's struggles with it on the MD Support website.

Positive Effects
I have become much closer to my family and stronger in my faith. I have also become more empathetic to other people with disabilities. My visual problems have forced me to become a more patient person, not only with myself, but with others.

Adaptations
I have had to change my glasses prescriptions more frequently, and I occasionally use a magnifying glass. I have purchased a larger computer monitor, and try to buy large print books when possible. I buy books on tape or cd's. I've voluntarily stopped driving, because of depth perception and double vision problems.

Employment
Currently retired. I have a BS degree in Education from W. Texas A&M University, and was an elementary teacher for 5 years. I have worked as an audio-visual librarian, and was an Administrative Analyst for a large corporation for 18 years.

More About Me
My hobbies are sewing for my grandchildren, quilting, crocheting, gardening, and bird-watching. I love to shop for antiques and collectibles, and am an avid reader of mysteries, historical fiction, and books about my home state of Texas.