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Catherine


 

Name
Catherine Spurgin

Born
12/17/81 in Oklahoma City, OK

Home
Tishomingo, OK

Diagnosis
Myopic macular degeneration in right eye, severe myopia in both eyes.

Eyes Affected
Right by Myopic MD, both severe myopia.

Eye Color
Green

Age at Diagnosis
20 for MMD. I needed my first pair of glasses for myopia at 3.

Visual Acuity
My nearsightedness is correctable to 20/30 with contacts and to 20/40 with glasses. Currently I only have slight distortion when looking at lines or text with my MMD-affected eye. So far I can still do everything I could before my diagnosis of MMD.

Treatment
I had the "cold laser" therapy done in January, which greatly improved the MMD.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
So far everything is all good, but I can have further problems occur at some point.

Family History
Nothing as far as eye problems, although my mom is somewhat nearsighted (but my dad once had 20/10 vision, blah)

Adapatations
I'm not as worried as I was, and I'm not going to get worried as long as it stays the way it is. Just the usual restrictions of not flying aircraft or getting hit in the head.

Positive Effects
Um, that it's not as bad as it could be, I guess.

Adaptations
Nothing needed, other than talking to other people with eye diseases.

Working
Still working as an LPN and going to school full-time.

More About Me
I finish RN school in May and then I'm moving to Stillwater in the fall to major in graphic design and creative writing.