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Name
Greet Kershaw

Born
5/21/22

Home
Claremont, California.

Diagnosis
ARMD, corneal damage, and carcinoma.

Eyes Affected
Both.

Eye Color
Blue.

Age at Diagnosis
78

Visual Acuity
Left: 20/300. Right: 20/70.

Treatment
Jules Stein for structural problems; Doheny for eye disease (severe dry eye as right eye did not close after surgery for carcionma.) Restasis; eyedrops Control retinologist, cancer specialists. Filtered glasses, glare protectors.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Need strong magnification, will work with Open Book; trying to replace vision lost with memories (acquired and new). Little or no help locally available. State Comm. for the Blind slower than molasses. No one can foretell future.

Family History
None for ARMD but Father and Brother diagnosed with glaucoma. Familial deafness by 60. Platelet disorder causes bleeding during surgeries.

Positive Effects
When possible,working on second CD rom and reviewing manuscripts for publication. Music has remained; reading returning. Joy in having found Teaching Company CDs, studying Middle Ages. Closer to friends, and more time for self. Grateful. Patio and Rose garden!

Impact on My Life
Devastating at first, as loss of sight was compounded by wheelchair, deafness,insulin dependent diabetes. Was finishing first CD Rom based on publications; main orientation was visual (because of deafness). Total blindness (3 months after surgery for carcinoma eyekid) helped reorientation. Have regained joy in life, and am trying to add new ways of doing things every day. Difficult that focus is too narrow to see words, resulting in frequent spelling errors, which are embarrassing.