Dan Roberts (Director, MD Support)
Kansas City MO
Macular Degeneration from Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR)
Age at Diagnosis
peripheral vision only (left), 20/40 corrected (right).
Taking AREDS formula (Macula Complete) and omega-3. Following all known precautions for protecting retinas. Keeping stress level as low as possible, since hyperadrenalism is thought to be a cause of CSR.
Prognosis or Current State of
Progressive central vision loss.
Paternal great grandmother blind from unknown causes. Maternal great grandmother lost vision from cataracts, and may also have had undiagnosed retinal degeneration. Mother had cataracts and showed symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa, but died at age 59 without a diagnosis.
Impact on My Life
This disease motivated me to retire from public school music
teaching and church music ministry to run my own performing arts
academy. This has allowed me to devote time to public awareness of
macular degeneration and related diseases.
Building the Internet MD Community and making its resources
available to the general public has been my self-imposed therapy. I have also learned to prepare for the worst, expect the best, and live in the present.
Increased lighting, magnification, extra pairs of glasses with
different prescriptions for different needs, limited
driving, use of text-to-speech software when eyes get tired.
Retired in 1995 after many years in public school teaching, church music ministry, and director of a performing arts academy. Now, in addition to duties as director of MD Support and editor-in-chief at Prevent Blindness America, I continue to teach private piano and voice lessons in my home.
More About Me
Married since 1968 to Christina. Three grown children and seven
grandchildren. Favorite pastimes: traveling, playing the piano, oil painting, and writing.