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Lorraine
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Name: Lorraine Masters

Born: Oct. 2, 1933

Home: Owego, N.Y

Diagnosis: Wet MD

Eyes Affected: Both

Eye Color: Brown (the last time I could see them)

Age at Diagnosis: 63

Visual Acuity: Right Eye is 20/200 Left Eye is 20/400. Lost central vision in both eyes.

Treatment: Laser in both eyes. Right has clear peripheral and Left eye is blurry.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision: Stable.

Family History: Aunt and Uncle have dry MD.

Impact on My Life: Unable to continue with my woodworking crafts and had to give up reading and driving.

Positive Effects: It led me to this wonderful family of friends and gave me something to look forward to each day.

Adaptations: I use a 20" cctv to help me read and write, a 30" monitor with text to speech and magnification. I use a signature stamp when I am out and need to sign my name. I also use a talking watch, talking thermometer and talking calculator. Several pairs of glasses for different viewing.

Working: Retired IBM

More About Me: I have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and a great-grandbaby on the way. I am working at learning how to use this computer which I purchased after I lost my central vision. Did not even know that software to magnify exsisted. I also have a dog named TUKI.