​Meet John Boyd

John Boyd

Diagnosed with Dry AMD: 2006

His story...

John used to be an editor, so reading, writing and editing were a big part of his life. After retirement, he dedicated a big part of his life to art and painting. Since being diagnosed with dry AMD, John's ability to paint has been affected and he no longer paints. Instead, he spends his time socializing with friends, walking and keeping busy.

In John’s words

My challenges . . .

I started to really notice the effects of dry AMD when I started having problems painting and drawing lines. Since then, I have stopped painting, but continue to read and write with the help of magnifying glasses, an audio book player, and other tools that enhance fine print or text.

My greatest source of strength . . .

My family has been a great support for me, especially my daughter and daughter in-law. They have been there for me every step of the way since my diagnosis and even accompanied me to my first CNIB visit. They are now well-informed about my condition and are doing their best to make sure I stay healthy while living with dry AMD.

How CNIB helped me . . .

CNIB has been an invaluable source of information for me. Through CNIB, I learned what AMD is and how it could affect my sight. Through subsequent visits, the helpful staff took the time to explain how to use magnifying glasses and a digital audio book player. I now look forward to familiarizing myself with the CNIB library and other computer technologies available to people affected by vision loss.

My advice to you . . .

It is important for people to accept and adapt to the challenges presented by dry AMD. Personally, I do not allow the condition to worry me, nor am I sad about it. People need to understand that there are resources out there available to them, especially CNIB.