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Linda


 

Name
Linda Middleton

Born
12/11/1941

Home
Carson City, Nevada

Diagnosis
Ocular Histoplasmosis

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Blue

Age at Diagnosis
63

Acuity
Unknown

Treatment
Wait and see. I have had two fluorescein tests. The RS is not sure anything will help. The RS said this problem manifests as wet MD does.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Left eye: no central vision, like MD (says RS) Right eye: so far, so good normal vision. Some distortion to the side.

Family History
Father, at 93, was having "wavy line" symptoms. Mother, cataracts in her 90's. No one else affected. My husband is blind and uses a beautiful guide dog, he has congenital cataracts and later, glaucoma. He is used to low vision and is able to be independent, reads a lot, restores antique cars and clocks.

Impact on My Life
For two years I was a basket case inside. Thanks to this MD Digest and support from others, I finally decided to just deal with the eye thing as it comes and each day I pray for another day of good vision. I dread the day I may not be able to be the family chauffeur. I really enjoy driving.

Positive Effects
Made us think about our future and take hold of the fact that we are aging folks. I have to have faith that God is guiding us on this path for some reason.

Adaptations
My husband uses the Talking Book program, has WinEyes computer screen reader and Arkenstone reading system that scans materials and read it back. He uses an audible tape measure and level. He is very clever and loves to do puzzles.

Working
We are both retired.

More About Me
I sure appreciate how hard it is when one cannot see well...even with all the bells and whistles. I so admire the folks at MD Support. I was born in Michigan City, Indiana, and my husband and I are both almuni of Purdue University.