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Rose


 

Name
Rose H.

Born
July, 1953

Home
Rosemount, MN

Diagnosis
AMD

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Brown

Age at Diagnosis
50

Treatment
I received PDT for the left eye, but it did not stop the bleeding.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
It is rapidly progressing. It has now affected my right eye. I cannot read using my left eye, and I am losing my ability to read with my right eye. I see small flashes of light and one big circle of light in my left eye. I no longer see straight lines.

Family History
None

Impact on My Life
Drastic changes. I was planning on retiring in 3 years, but it looks as if I will have to retire earlier. Retiring earlier will mean I will receive a lower benefit, which in turn, will have a major impact on my retirement life financially.

Positive Effects
I developed stronger religious beliefs. I can smile, laugh, and interact with people in a positive way, despite what is happening to me. I appreciate the amount of sight I have left. I stand in awe every day at the sight of the sky, trees, and other natural wonders that I took for granted earlier in my life.

Adaptations

Stronger eye glasses every six months. Magnifier.

Working

I am currently employed as a Computer Systems Analyst.

More About Me

I am single, but I am also taking care of my aging mother and a niece who is handicapped.