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Laurie

Name
Laurie Downs

Born
1962

Home
Naperville, IL

Diagnosis
Myopic Macular Degeneration

Eyes Affected
One for now

Eye Color
Green

Age at Diagnosis
37

Visual Acuity
20/100 in bad eye, 20/20 in good. Have dry MD in good eye however with a laquer crack.

Treatment
Had two PDTs since being diagnosed in 7/2000. May have another one soon if needed.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Bad eye distracts good one, some double vision etc. but I am not complaining since one eye is still good.

Family History
Father is almost as nearsighted as me. He has glaucoma but no MD. I am about -13

Impact on My Life
Quite a shock. Still have ups and downs about it but am trying to enjoy my time with a pretty decent vision knowing it will only get worse.

Positive Effects:
Right now I appreciate more but don't know if I will have any positive feelings once my other eye goes.

Adaptations:
Just don't drive as much at night.

Work Status:
Still working...a lot of detail number work. Will need to find a new career (job) if I lose other eye probably. I have no idea what that would be.

More About Me:
I am married and have two young children...7 and 5.