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THE MACULAR
DEGENERATION COMMUNITY

Vera


 

Name
Vera May Rinehart

Born
March 2, 1938 in Hocomo, MO

Home
Seneca, MO

Diagnosis
Macular (Dystrophy) Degeneration

Eyes Affected
both

Eye Color
dark brown

Age at Diagnosis
52

Visual Acuity
left eye: 20/40. right eye: 20/70

Treatment
supplements

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
Blind spots directly below my line of vision. Floaters, these don't bother me as much as they used to. I can "call" them up if I want to. I see pretty well close, but faces are blurred if over about 4 feet away. I have learned to use my peripheral vision pretty well, especially with faces. If I look at the lower right jaw, I can pretty well see the whole face. My eyes have been stable for 5 or 6 years now, and my eye doctor says he thinks they should stay that way for quite a while yet.

Family History
Dad had macular degeneration late in life (mid 80s). Mother had glaucoma.

Impact on My Life
Not awfully great. Can be annoying but, I am able to do most everything I want to (If I want to bad enough!)

Positive Effects
I found this wonderful group of wonderful people. I think I appreciate what I do see more. I really look to see the beauty in things and people.

Adaptations
I need good light and contrast. I keep a magnifying glass handy.

Working
My daughter and I own and operate a small weekly newspaper. I use the computer a lot and get along well. I have the inside track with my boss (my daughter), and we don't bother each other....much.

More About Me
I like to cook and try new recipes. My farmer hubby and I have been married 44+ years and we get along pretty well also (most of the time). I love humor and write a column that I try to include humor in much of the time. I greatly admire everyone on this list. Now aren't you sorry you asked me all these questions?