Peer Support

Linda Armijo
March 09, 2017
By Future In Sight

In 2008, David Hagen, 64, of Hampton, began experiencing smoky vision. He made an appointment with his doctor, who concluded it might be a symptom of dry eyes, but suggested that he see a specialist to ensure it was nothing major. A year later, he visited an optometrist thinking he needed glasses. During that appointment, the diagnosis was devastating: he had advanced glaucoma which had caused optic nerve damage.

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Ladies of the 2015-2016 peer support group in Manchester
June 14, 2016
By Shelley Carita

When five ladies gather at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center in Manchester, it is far from an ordinary meeting. These women share similar challenges and walk alongside one another in a unique way: each of them is visually impaired and almost all live alone.

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Trahan Family

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.

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Joan Pinard
May 27, 2014
By Future In Sight

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."

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Bette Smith reading with screen reader
May 21, 2014
By Future In Sight

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.

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