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THE MACULAR
DEGENERATION COMMUNITY

Jeremy


 

Name
Jeremy Vance

Born
10/10/1977

Home
Bloutville TN

Diagnosis
Stargardt disease

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Brown

Age at Diagnosis
12

Acuity
20/400

Treatment
None available.

Prognosis
No central vision.

Family History
No others affected.

Impact On Your Life
It's hard at times. There isn't public transportation in the area that I live. I rely on my mom for most of my transportation.

Positive Effects
I'm very lucky to live in the state of tenn. Through the state of Tennessee I was able to become a self-employed manager of a vending machine business at one of the most stopped at rest areas. I have one employee, which is my mom.

Adaptations
CCTV. Books on audio.

Employment
Self-employed vendor at a rest area for the state of Tennessee. Facilities such as post offices, court houses, prisons and colleges are managed by people who are blind or vision impaired. It's a great program. Other states should offer this to their blind and vision impaired residents.

More About Me
My passion is my love for music and my dog. I'm a lead guitar player in a band. I've been playing guitar since high school. I also give guitar lessons. I'm 33 years old now and I've managed with the vision I have. The two most affected areas of my life are not being able to drive, and I have to use a CCTV for reading. Overall, I think I do pretty well. I'm still hopeful that someday there will be something to improve my vision. I think it will be cell replacement. A lot of research is being done on that right now. Until then, we just have to make due with what we have.