Name: Marie Miller
Home: Boone, Iowa
Diagnosis: Wet Macular Degeneration
Eyes Affected: Both
Eye Color: Blue
Age at Diagnosis: Right eye at age 48, left at 58.
Visual Acuity: Legally blind.
Treatment: No treatment on right eye; submacular surgery on left. The surgery preserved a great deal more peripheral vision than in the untreated eye. May have been even more successful without previous laser treatment.
Prognosis or Current State of Vision: Stable with permanent distortion and light flashes. Problems with dry eyes which I treat with artificial tears.
Family History: Glaucoma and MD
Impact on My Life: Live on farm and cannot drive. Cannot recognize friends and acquaintances unless within 2 feet. Have to adjust to seeing "abouts" - no detail.
Positive Effects: Conversations with daughter, can garden all day and play with dog and cats.
Adaptations: CCTV. 21" monitor (set at low resolution to maximize screen images), hand magnifiers and 8x21 and 7-15x35 binoculars. I have telescopic glasses but do not find them as convenient.
Working: Had to retire as secretary in a stimulating academic environment.
More About Me: Married, 3 children, 7 grandchildren (2 oldest in college this year).