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Ladonna


 

Name
Ladonna "Lynn" Roach

Born
March 13, 1966

Home
Oologah, Oklahoma

Diagnosis
The only thing I was told was wet MD.

Eyes Affected
left

Eye Color
light green

Age at Diagnosis
31

Visual Acuity
Lost 40% central in left eye - periphial is 20/30? and right eye is 20/60 (Glasses make it 20/30)

Treatment
The first surgery cauterized the blood vessels, the second removed them.

Family History
No MD that we know of. Glaucoma and cataracts run rampant.

Impact on My Life
Is hard to read, because my right eye is far-sighted. It is hard to cut my or my daughter's nails. I have always had night blindness, but it is worse. I used to have a book with me at all times. Now I don't read all that much. I have ADHD, so listening to tapes of books is sometimes not good. I miss a lot of what was said by drifting away. Light bothers me more than ever before, yet to see I have to have a lot of light. Go figure!?!?

Positive Effects
I am more aware of the importance of your eyesight. I am always telling my nieces and nephews to be careful and wear their glasses at all times.

Adaptations
I enlarge the print on the computer, and I turn on a light over my head to read when I do. I don't watch much TV without lights. I hardly go to the theater anymore, because the flashes of light hurt.

Working
I teach 6th grade LD students in Tulsa.

More About Me
I have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter. She is the most amazing thing in my life. I attend a Baptist church in my hometown of Claremore. I spend a lot of time with my mother and family.