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THE MACULAR
DEGENERATION COMMUNITY

 

Barbara Brown

Name
Barbara Brown, Ph.D.

Born
2/2/46 - Troy, Ohio

Home
Ohio (suburb of Columbus - home of Ohio State University Buckeyes)

Diagnosis
Dry macular degeneration & cataracts.

Eyes Affected
Both.

Eye Color
Green

Age at Diagnosis
50

Visual Acuity
Corrected to 20/80 - uncorrected 20/100.

Treatment
Just vitamins with zinc.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Possible surgery later this month.

Family History
Father is blind with macular degeneration. Both great-grandmothers were blind for unknown reasons; grandparents either had good sight or died young.

Impact on My Life
Lost ability to drive at night.

Positive Effects
New friends (like you) and don't "see" need to dust as often.

Adaptations
CCTV; magnifiers; dark amber shading on glasses; talking books for the blind.<

Working
Still working but changed jobs; left position as prison warden for a central office job working with inmates with disabilities; paper work was overwhelming.

More About Me
I'm a volunteer usher (portal worker) at Ohio State football games & a die hard fan. I have a great dog (Pheidippides) & two grown daughters - the joys of my life. One daughter has qualified for the Olympic Trials as a Marathon runner. The other has a serious disability but is very successful & happy with her life. I'm proud of both of them. I also enjoy swimming, my tap dancing lessons & weekends spent in silence using ASL with my deaf friends. Another hobby is brailling cards for the Vision Center.