June 13, 1956
St. John's, Newfoundland
Age at Diagnosis
Prognosis or Current State of
After 23 years, I know the degeneration has progressed somewhat. I read/use a computer with the help of magnification usually at 6x enlargement. It affects both eyes with my left eye being the weakest.
None that I'm aware of. But apparently there is a fairly high consentration of MD in the area I grew up in (Conception Bay North).
Impact on My Life
The larger the TV the better. Loss of driver's license. Read & use computer with enlarging equipment or talking book. Still love going to the movies, theatres and traveling.
I make nutrition and exercise a priority; just may help!
I was diagnosed with low vision 23 years ago. Basically, I've come think of my vision as "normal" and everybody else's as extraordinary! I find it best when meeting new people to mention that I have low vision, otherwise they may not be aware of it. Since recognizing people may be difficult, I prefer they know why.
It was extremely difficult giving up my driver's license at 27, since it meant a loss of "freedom" that driving brings. But life goes on, and you quickly learn it's not the end of the world! I also miss seeing facial expressions and making eye contact; but now I "focus" instead on other details when dealing with people.
Reading was something I loved from an early age, and that hasn't changed. With the wonderful talking books and magnification technology available (for computers as well), even that is still possible. And of course I never leave home without my sunglasses!
Working with the Canadian Federal government for the past 19 years.
More About Me
My older brother and younger sister are Stargardt free.