Nancy P.
Kokomo, IN

Glaucoma Corneal Epithelial Down Growth Syndrome

In January of 1994 I had my best eye removed. My other eye is a lazy eye and therefore the vision does not meet the standard requirements for a driver's license. In the spring of that year I heard about bioptic driving. I went to see Dr. Windsor and began pursuing such possibilities. Later that spring I took the driving classes and luckily passed the test. It was a very humbling experience to be taking the written test with many sixteen year olds. We just never know what is around the corner. 

I was born with glaucoma, had cataract surgery as a young adult and several cornea transplants. The first was in 1987 and the last in 1992. This was all done on my best and I call it normal eye. Things happened that I do not understand and my vision was gone. It was no fault of anyone. They call it epithelial down growth. I thought my driving days were over since I could not pass the vision test. Working with Dr. Windsor has been like a miracle to me. I have problems with my vision, but legally I can drive. I try to use good judgment as to the when and where. At least I have my independence, for which there is no price tag. Everyone at the Low Vision Center has been very understanding and compassionate. I appreciate their assistance immensely. 

This entire experience has taught me a lot. I realized I could things I never imagined possible. To drive to see my children and grandchildren who live an hour away is such a treat. I am grateful every time I get behind the wheel.

If you have questions please feel free to call me, or if I failed to mention a topic that you wish to hear about, let me know. I thank God and everyone who has been on this journey with me.