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Michelle


 

Name
Michelle Collins

Born
April 3, 1955

Home
Newport News, VA

Diagnosis
Stargardt syndrome

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Green

Age at Diagnosis
51

Acuity
20/200 left eye. 20/60 right eye.

Treatment
Vitamins containing lutein

Prognosis
My right eye is deteriorating.

Family History
Possible paternal grandfather. He died at the age of 64 from lung cager caused by smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.

Impact On Your Life
i have lost my job. I can no longer drive at night. I am on anti-depressants. Cannot read with the aid of magnifiers, and I have to apply for disability. The doctors do not know how much longer I can drive during the day.

Positive Effects
Memory has sharpened.

Adaptations
I use a magnifier for reading.

Employment
I work about five to ten hours a week, but I would like to find full time work./font>

More About Me
I have worked all my life, own my my own home, and the proud owner of three cats - one of which is a diabetic. I am a vintage and antique doll collector.