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Gervaise
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Name
Gervaise Hart

Born
Dec 11, 1933 in Quebec, Canada

Home
Walnut, California

Diagnosis
Wet MD Right eye / Dry MD Left eye

Eyes Affected
both

Eye Color
Hazel

Age at Diagnosis
60 (with no symptoms at that time)

Visual Acuity
20/800 Right eye. 20/500 Left eye

Treatment
(April 200 laser to right eye) then, PDT to right eye in September, 2000.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
I became symptomatic in February of 2000, and the MD progressed rapidly to the point of not being able to drive, read, watch tv, etc., within 3-4 months. Prognosis is?????? the doctor is pleased the leaking stopped on it's own as of December 2000 and indicated I am doing better. I feel significanly worse.

Family History
My mother had MD in her late 60's early 70's in Quebec Canada.

Impact on My Life
Significant. I had just recently retired and was enjoying my 3 yr old and 1 year old granddaughters, and now I cannot see their beautiful faces anymore. I can't drive and must be within 8" or so of the tv to see anything. I can sometimes play cards on my computer if I am within 3 or 4" of the screen, but It is with much bending and moving.

Positive Effects
None

Adaptations
None

Working
Retired as a Registered Nurse after 35+ years in 1999 and had one year of retirement before symptoms of MD became apparent.