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Kim


 

Name
Kim RL

Born
8/21/1964

Home
Long Island, NY

Diagnosis
Wet Myopic Macular Degeneration, Multi Focal Choroiditis

Eyes Affected
Left

Eye Color
Brown

Age at Diagnosis
35

Visual Acuity
Corrected Left 20/100. Right 20/20 uncorrected. -10 in right eye. Left eye is usually the same.

Treatment
When diagnosed in 1999, it was either wet myopic MD or multi focal choroditis. Steroids for a few weeks, which did not work, so the conclusion was wet MMD. 3 treatments of PDT in 2000/1. More blurry spots in 3/04. Conclusion: multi focal choroiditis.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Left eye, I still have some vision. Right eye is fine - although myopic.

Family History
None

Impact on My Life
A very hard disease to get used to. It is very difficult to explain to people what you can actually see and not see. Most people do not understand the impact on your life. I have pretty much continued my life as normal.

Positive Effects
Taught me not to take anything for granted. I went out and bought the car I dreamed about, as I did not know how long I would be able to drive. I am still driving that car!

Working
Working as a CPA/controller of a ladies sportwear manufacturer. Due to an understanding employer, I work 4 days a week.