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Sara
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Name
Sara Corley

Born
3/13/86

Home
U.S.

Diagnosis
Myopic degeneration

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Green

Age at Diagnosis
15

Treatment
Visudyne and Avastin injections. WORKIN' SO FAR!

Prognosis
Decent. Can see with contacts, but blurry central vision and a lot of trouble focusing.

Family History
Myopia on both sides.

Impact On Your Life
I am already kind of an emotionally sensitive visual artist (which is one thing I love about myself), so it causes a bit of depression, since there is an impact on my work and possible future of my work. Also, there is a small strain on relationships sometime since I am so young.

Positive Effects
It helped me to take risks with the content of my artwork and really put myself on the page, if you know what I mean. Also, having some things put in perspective this way as a teenager really does have a carpe diem effect. As cliche as that sounds.

Adaptations
In college I had readers and programs for reading things on the computer. Luckily, I was and am a very successful auditory learner.

Employment
Artist about to venture to grad school. Worked in galleries, museums, schools, in the arts. I don't really talk about it until I have to. The reactions can be strange.