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THE MACULAR
DEGENERATION COMMUNITY

Sara


 

Name
Sara Galuppo

Born
13 July 1994

Home
Charleston, South Carolina

Diagnosis
Stargardt disease

Eyes Affected
Both

Eye Color
Green

Age at Diagnosis
14

Acuity
20/200

Treatment
At this time taking Eniva's VIBE Original and Efacor Omega 3. I am going to see about ECHO treatments.

Prognosis
Current state is 20/200 with no loss of color or contrast in both eyes. I am hoping for improvement with ECHO treatment.

Family History
No known history paternally. Both maternal grandparents have ARMD - Grandfather has ARMD, Grandmother has wet MD. One sibling with ambliopia in right eye.

Impact On Your Life
Since being diagnosed with Stargardt's I have been challenged with the knowlege I may not be able to drive a car, unless I move to a state that will allow me to work with bioptic driving devices. I am embarrassed and afraid to use my magnification devices at school, because I feel like my peers won't understand. My parents are helping me through this, and so are my teachers. I moved out of a large high school, and I am going to a small private school where the surroundings will be better for me to use my devices without much problem. It has only been 6 months since my diagnosis, so this is all so new.

Positive Effects
Since my diagnosis, I have realized how much my parents love me and want the very best for me. I have also learned I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength (Phil. 4:13).

Employment
Student