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Dame Judy Dench Battling to save her Eyesight

Post  Panda on Sat 18 Feb - 11:53

Dame Judi Dench Battling To Save Her Eyesight

Dame Judi Dench says she relies on other people to read her scripts

11:06am UK, Saturday February 18, 2012

Dame Judi Dench has revealed she can no longer read scripts after being diagnosed with a condition that can lead to blindness.

The James Bond star, 77, says she is suffering from macular
degeneration, a disease of the retina that causes a progressive loss of
eyesight, and said she can no longer see faces in front of her.

She said that her eyesight has become so bad that she now relies on friends to read scripts to her.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, she said she hoped recent treatment had stopped the progressive decline.

She said: "I can't read scripts any more before because of the
trouble with my eyes and so somebody comes and reads them to me, like
telling me a story."

Macular degeneration most commonly affects people over 50, when it is referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The actress will star alongside Daniel Craig in the new James Bond movie

AMD is the leading cause of sight loss in the western world and is
the reason behind more than half of registrations for blind and
partially sighted people in the UK.

It is either "dry" or "wet" and affects the macula at the back of the eye, impairing central sight.

Dame Judi said: "I've got what my ma had, macular degeneration, which you get when you get old.

"I had wet in one eye and dry in the other and they had to do these injections and I think it's arrested it. I hope so."

The actress said the most distressing aspect of the condition was not
being able to see the person she was having dinner with in a

But she vowed not to be beaten by it, adding: "You get used to it.
I've got lenses and glasses and things and very bright light helps."

Dame Judi, who said she has no plans to retire, made her name on stage and in television.

Her film career took off when she played Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown
in 1997 and she later won a best supporting actress Oscar in 1998 for
her role as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love.

She is returning to the role of M in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, alongside Daniel Craig.
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