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John


 

Name
John Olson

Born
12/18/1948

Home
Indianapolis, Indiana

Diagnosis
AMD/Choroidal Neovascular Membrane

Eyes Affected
Right

Eye Color
Green

Age at Diagnosis
56

Treatment
Steroid injections

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Diagnosed for 3-4 months. Incurred small amount of vision loss according to the doctor, I feel as if though I have a large amount of loss with this large gray cloud in my vision.

Family History
My mother's brother was diagnosed with AMD in his late 60's and lost vision in both eyes.

Impact on My Life
Adjusting to the vision loss, driving has become more diffucult, especially at night. It has not affected my job much at this point, but I anticipate it very well could. There have been psycological impacts of aging for me, too.

Positive Effects
None that I have found yet.

Adaptations
Changing my schedules a lot, I try to avoid driving at night and have switched to a day shift at my job to help with that. This is a whole other adjustment in itself, since I have worked the night shift for 2 yrs.

Working
Factory/Production. Machine Operator for the past 6 yrs.

More About Me
I enjoy excercise, just being active in general. I live near a very nice trail and enjoy cycling and walking. I love the outdoors, and someday would love to walk the Appalachian   Trail (vision willing).