Marlene started losing her vision at age 56, after many years of smoking. She gets shots in one or both eyes every month to avoid further vision loss. In these commercials and videos, Marlene tells her story.
When Marlene started smoking in high school, she never imagined that smoking could lead to a serious eye disease. In this TV ad, Marlene talks about the treatments that keep her from losing more of her vision.
Marlene’s Vision Loss
Marlene smoked and started losing her vision at age 56. In this emotional video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign, she talks about having macular degeneration and her fear of losing her vision.
Marlene smoked and developed wet macular degeneration, a disease that can lead to vision loss. Marlene knows that she’s lucky to have found a treatment for her eye disease. But getting shots directly into her eyeballs is still upsetting each time she gets them. In this video, Marlene talks about her monthly treatments.
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