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Vera May Rinehart

March 2, 1938 in Hocomo, MO

Seneca, MO

Macular (Dystrophy) Degeneration

Eyes Affected

Eye Color
dark brown

Age at Diagnosis

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


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.

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

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?

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