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THE MACULAR
DEGENERATION COMMUNITY

Tammy


 

Name
Tammy

Born
August 20, 1967

Home
Alberta, Canada

Diagnosis
Wet Myopic Macular Degeneration

Eyes Affected
Right

Eye Color
Brown

Age at Diagnosis
37

Acuity
20/30 right; 20/20 left

Treatment
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT); Avastin injection

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
I had 3 PDT treatments with little visual improvement in the long term. The 2 Avastin treatments I later receved were successful in stopping the leakage of fluid to date, and my vision has returned from 20/100 to 20/30.

Family History
Mother is myopic with macular degeneration; sister is myopic; father and brothers are not.

Impact on My Life
Both the unpredictability of this eye condition and the unpredictability of future treatments (antiangiogenics, gene therapy, stem cells) has forced me to live in the moment.