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Latrelle


 

Name
Latrelle Sterling

Born
1930

Home
Charleston, South Carolina

Diagnosis
Wet MD Right eye; Dry MD Left eye

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Hazel

Age at Diagnosis
75

Acuity
At time of diagnosis: 20/180 Right Eye

Treatment
On June 28th, 2006 I had cataract surgery on my right eye. During the follow up examination on June 29th we found I had lost vision in that eye. It was discovered that there was bleeding present and I was sent to see a RS for diagnosis and treatment. I was told that there was a new drug, Lucentis, that was being approved by the FDA on June 30, and I should wait for the approval before starting the treatment. It was not until July 20 that the 1st injection of Lucentis was administered. On Jan., 8th, 2007, I received 6th Lucentis injection. And the Feb. 19, 2007 examination proved eyes to be stable. No change from January exam. Decided to forego the 7th Lucentis injection and schedule follow up appointment in 6 weeks. Terrific news.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Acuity went from 20/180 to 20/50 and is stable as of now. HOORAY!! Currently on a 6 month reoccurring schedule.

Family History
Neither parents nor siblings had/have shown evidence of MD.

Impact on My Life
After the initial shock of diagnosis and absolute fear of blindness, my RS (who is a genius) explained the situation and treatment available. She assured me that everything that can be done will be done to save my sight.

Positive Effects
My husband and I joined the Charleston MD support group (charter members) and we are continuing to learn from the experience.

Adaptations
Other than new glasses, I have had no major adaptations.

Employment
Contentedly Retired

More About Me
We live on a lake on the SC coast that has egrets, blue heron, osprey, pelicans and a variety of other birds and wildlife; such as red fox and the ever curious raccoon. We enjoy a marsh and Charleston Harbor view of the passing sail boats and big ocean liners going by. The blooms of the camellias in winter, azaleas bursting with color in spring, the sweet smell of magnolia in the heat of summer and wood smoke in late autumn remind me of my many blessings.