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THE MACULAR
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Kimber Lee & Sophie
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Read Kimber's photo essay: "Finding My Stride"


Name
Kimber Lee Empson

Born
May 21, 1992

Diagnosis
Stargardt's disease

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Blue

Age at Diagnosis
11

Visual Acuity
20/400

Treatment
There isn't a treatment.

Family History
No one in my family has this that we know of.

Impact on My Life
Sometimes I feel socially inept. I no longer go to public school, which I am glad of. I don't like to tell people that I have Stargardts either. I will not be able to get a driver's license, and that is beginning to bother me.

Positive Effects
I am very close to my family.

Working
I have been training horses, and I work at a local theater.

Adaptations
Too many to list.

More About Me
I love horses, especially my Arabian gelding named Storm. I train and compete at horse shows. I attend a cyber based school. I hope to one day own and operate a horse ranch. I want to have a facility large enough to provide board, riding lessons, training, breeding, trail rides, carriage rides, and camps for innercity youth and children with disabilities. Oh, did I mention I LOVE HORSES!!!

Kimber and Sophie posing Kimber's newest ride