July 18, 1951
Age at Diagnosis
about 20/100 left and 20/200 right (corrected).
None, but I have yearly visits with the low vision doctor who
keeps me abreast of new developments.
Prognosis or Current State of
No idea how fast or how far it will progress.
Neither parent even wore glasses until adulthood. (I began wearing
lenses at age 4.) One grandfather and one grandmother (opposite
branches of the family tree) had very poor vision.
Impact on My Life
I was very sad when first diagnosed. I had to deal with a lot of
emotions. I still do basically whatever I want to do.
Recently (partially thanks to the list, but even more thanks to an
understanding husband) have reached life goals that I once wondered
if I could. I have finished a novel, gone back to public speaking
for folks I don't even know, and am using the computer like
I wear contact lenses, +8 reading glasses, and drive with a
bioptic telescope. I also use various magnifiers.
I'm a certified elementary and secondary school teacher, but am
not teaching at present. Yes, vision is part of the reason, but I
know that I can make adjustments and go back to the classroom if
and when I decide to do so.
More About Me
I am a wife and mother of three (25,21, and 15). I love people and
creative things. I teach a diet and nutrition class, Sunday school,
and Wednesday night classes, and love to speak to church and civic