COLLEGE-BOUND LAB: Crestview man gets extra help on campus


Crestview resident Chad Bouton's guide dog, Andros, will help the legally blind 21-year-old get around this fall at the University of West Florida.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 03:22 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Bouton family wants you to meet their newest addition.

Andros, a trained guide dog, is a black Labrador who will assist Chad Bouton, a 21-year-old with a progressive eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. RP has left him with 10 percent vision peripherally, and he is legally blind.

VIDEO: Watch Crestview resident Chad Bouton shows how Andros, his guide dog, will help him get around>>

 Chad and his sister, Alexa, 19, were both diagnosed with RP at a young age.

 “First it attacks your peripheral vision then it attacks your central vision, until it leaves you completely blind,” Chad said.

Chad and Alexa are taking treatments to slow the disease’s progress, but there's no cure for RP.

“There is no surgery or no cure for it, because it is a mutated gene,” said Donna, Chad and Alexa’s mother.

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