It was a little over a year ago when Rita Laurion realized something wasn't right - something was going on with her eyes. "My vision was so blurry I couldn't read! I visited several different doctors, had lots of eye exams but for several months they were baffled. No one knew what was wrong with me.
Joan Pinard stated it’s not easy to ask for help. But 5 years ago, following cataract surgery, Joan's eye doctor told her she had macular degeneration. "I knew something wasn’t right because I was starting to see some cloudiness in my vision and was having difficulty with reading and driving. I was hoping it wasn’t macular degeneration."
It's hard to believe that only 5 years ago, at age 42, Dana Trahan was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Though operable, the swelling of the tumor damaged her optic nerve, causing severe and permanent vision loss. After the turmor was removed, the doctors were hopeful that her sight would improve. Sadly, that never happened.
Linda Armijo - When I had a stroke back in January 2013, I didn’t think to go to the hospital right away. I assumed I had a bad flu. But I was very wrong. It was a stroke that resulted in homonymous hemianopsia, a condition I developed after my brain hemorrhaged.
Despite blindness, Jessica Laurie has ventured from the tiny town of Springfield, New Hampshire, to the big city of Providence, Rhode Island, where she is now a junior at Providence College.
Bette Smith is 81 and lives in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. She has been visually impaired for several decades due to macular degeneration, which damages central vision. Bette is living safely and independently in her own home – and enjoying life as much as ever – thanks to help from the Association.