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Vesta

Name:
Vesta Shapiro

Born:
12-23-48 in Columbus, Ohio

Home:
Fraser, Colorado

Diagnosis:
Dry MD, 'some' RP, floaters, erratic pressure changes - sayeth the good doctor.

Eyes Affected:
Both eyes.

Eye Color:
Blue

Age at Diagnosis:
44

Visual Acuity: 20/400 without glasses - corrected to 20/45 under perfect conditions (in the good spots) - functionally a lot less.

Treatment:
Hat, sunglasses, vitamins, green leafy veggies, attitude control.

Current State of Vision:
Currently, stable.

Family History:
Unknown.

Impact on My Life:
Initially, huge. I quit driving in '93. Now, an inconvenience - especially as regards transportation and reading.

Positive Effects:
I look great in the mirror with that soft focus, and my friends are getting younger. Greatly improved awareness of sound, making it difficult for people to sneak things by me. Meeting a lot of interesting people while hitchhiking to and from work. I can walk the legs off a Missouri Mule. I laugh at myself more. I never would have met the people on this list, so it's not such a bad trade.

Adaptations:
Magnifiers, lighting improvements, organization of house and work environment, doing as much as possible by touch.

Working:
Freehand and computer graphics and typesetting for t-shirt shop, freelance artwork, coin carving. Occasional gig as 'Guest Chef'.

More About Me:
Enough, already.