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Name
John David Harper

Born
Nov. 1, 1926 in Etowah TN

Home
Fayetteville TN

Diagnosis
Wet AMD right eye; Dry AMD left eye

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Brown

Age at Diagnosis
74

Visual Acuity
Wet eye has gray, fuzzy ball in central vision. Dry eye seems to be ok to me. Right eye: 2 feet/200. Left eye: 20/50+

Treatment
PDT in wet eye twice.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Can read, but is tiring. Able to drive in daytime.

Family History
Mother borderline diabetic; Father diabetic.

Impact on My Life
Not as bad as losing my wife. Have rejoined a local Square Dance Club, which relieves stress to some degree.

Positive Effects
I smell the roses and try to be a better person. Also enjoy the "LIST".

Adaptations
Rarely drive at night and then only for short distances.

Working
Retired from NASA in 1991.

More About Me
I am a "ham" radio operator (W4NIQ), genealogist, do some square dance calling (singing), and sing bass in church choir. I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Wife of 48 years, Carolyn, died on 7/12/00 of cancer.