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Karen


 

Name
Karen Beimel

Born
12/26/57

Home
Sherman, New York

Diagnosis
Myopic Macular Degeneration

Eyes Affected
Left wet. Right???

Eye Color
Blue

Age at Diagnosis
44

Visual Acuity
?

Treatment
I had a hot laser treatment on the left eye 12/19/02 and two PDT treatments about 8 weeks apart in the left eye.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
I have a blind spot (central vision) in the left eye and permanent floaters in both eyes.

Family History
None.

Impact on My Life
So far, the impact has been mostly emotional. I can still see pretty well, drive, work and read. As with everyone else, the impact has mostly been worry about what is going to happen and when it is going to happen.

Positive Effects
I think I'm developing more faith in God, and also realizing what a wonderful husband and family I have.

Adaptations
Screens on computers. I don't like to drive after dark, but then I never did like that.

Working
I'm a school librarian (grades 5-12). My principal has been very supportive.

More About Me
I have a daughter (b. 1993) and two mutts that keep me busy.