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Stephanie


 

Name
Stephanie Forbes

Born
3/24/60

Home
North Carolina

Diagnosis
MD and Cataract

Eyes Affected
Right

Eye Color
Hazel

Age at Diagnosis
47

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
The doctor that diagnosed me didn't tell me much. I have an appointment with an opthalmologist May 4th. I will know more after that.

Family History
I don't know of any eye disorders in my family history.

Impact on My Life
I am not sure as yet what the impact will be. The first thing that actually really upset me is the need to wear blue blocking lens. I love the spring green and blue sky and it ruins that. I know this seems slight, but is rather a big deal to me. I am an artist and used to do Plein Aire paintings. I can do that no longer.

Positive Effects
I have found out about it at an early stage, so I have the chance to work to maintain the vision I have.

Adaptations
Am getting a much larger moninter for my computer. I got a couple of page magnifiers to help me read. Have some Cocoons in the mail to protect my eyes. I am very nearsighted, and I find I do a lot of my drawings at very close range, inches from my face, without my glasses.

Employment
Fortunately, I am a homemaker at this time.

More About Me
I am married to a very supportive man. I have a 27 yr. old son and 2 grandchildren. I am an oil painter. My previous work can be seen at www.forbesimages.com. I have not painted for a little over a year, but am going to try to get back to it soon. I have a wonderful beagle named Molly and cat named Dexter. They are my attitude adjusters. I play an online mmorpg game called World of Warcraft. Hmmm...... I go to AA, and the program is helping me to cope with this new twist in life.