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THE MACULAR
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Kristine
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Name
Kristine Trevino

Born
10/11/62

Home
Greeley, Colorado

Diagnosis
Stargardts.

Eyes Affected
Both eyes.

Eye Color
Green

Age at Diagnosis
22

Visual Acuity
At least 20/200 in both eyes.

Treatment
None.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Unknown.

Family History
Unknown.

Impact on My Life
I was never able to drive--even though I was not officially diagnosed until my 20's, I attempted to drive at an earlier age but knew something was not right. I get around pretty well on my own without a cane, but bright light and darkness are difficult for me to get accustomed to. I cannot read regular-size print, so I use a CCTV and ZoomText on my computer. I have great trouble recognizing faces, so I know I tend not to be as social as I should. In general, my eyesight has (and still does) caused me to miss out on a lot of things during my life that require me to focus on any kind of detail. I know: that's just about everything!

Positive Effects
I think my impairment has made me more sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, especially those with any kind of disability. I have come to realize that there are always other people who are in worse straits and that the best way for me to help others is to keep a positive outlook.

Adaptations
CCTV, ZoomText, eyeglasses with magnifier.

Working
I should be back to work within the next couple months or so--just waiting on voc rehab to get through all their red tape! OK, maybe within the next 6 months then! (smile)

More About Me
I am a single parent now, since my husband passed away last year from cancer. I have 3 wonderful children--Noah is 11, Levi is 9 and Alexandra is 6. My husband and I were both born and raised here, so I have a lot of family around to help out and spend time with. I love being outside, especially in the mountains, and get most of my exercise by walking or going to water aerobics. I love music and singing, reading when I have the time, crocheting when I'm in the mood, and spending time with my kids and family.