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DEGENERATION COMMUNITY

Melanie


 

Name
Melanie Nel

Born
20 September 1984

Home
South Africa

Diagnosis
Stargardt disease

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Brown/Green

Age at Diagnosis
15

Acuity
6/24 and 6/60

Treatment
No official treatment. Only annual check-up at an eye specialist.

Prognosis
Vision is stable (for now).

Family History
No other known family member with Stargardt's

Impact On Your Life
I'm currently studying at the University of the Free State, South Africa. I enjoy it very much, but I have to work very hard to achieve my goals!! Legally not allowed to obtain my Driver's License, sometimes this still frustrates me! But otherwise - I'm very blessed.

Positive Effects
I learned to work hard and be assertive - never giving up on myself.

Employment
Not yet employed - still studying, graduate at the end of 2008.