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Dianne


 

Name
Dianne Bernard

Born
10-15-43

Home
Warden, Washington

Diagnosis
Wet AMD

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Blue

Age at Diagnosis
56

Visual Acuity
20/400 left, 20/200 right.

Treatment
Hot laser and vitrectomy left eye. Macugen right eye

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Left eye has been stable for 2 years, but vision is not great. Right eye has had major bleed, which couldn't be treated by PDT, but was able to get in an Macugen Study. Bleeding and blood vessel growth was helped, vision has deteriorated.

Family History
Aunt on father's side had MD

Impact on My Life
Changes on a daily basis. I don't like it, but have learned to accept it. I don't enjoy going places like I used to.

Positive Effects
More tenderness for people with any disability.

Adaptations
Enlarging computer screen, magnifying glass, lots of sunglasses and reading glasses.

Working
Bacteriologist for 6 months of year for frozen vegetables.

More About Me
I was widowed this year (2005) and, along with MD, has been a tough year. I have 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.