Sad news to report today that British actress and film icon, Judi Dench has been diagnosed with macular degeneration, which is a serious degenerative eye disease that can lead to blindness. Judi has been receiving treatment for the condition for a while now, which runs in her family, and it is getting worse because now she relies on family and friends to read scripts to her. At night she also can’t see very much at all. Ever the positive person and brilliant actress she is at age 77, Judi isn’t stopping or retiring. See what she had to say below. What an inspiration!
Judi spoke to Britain’s Daily Mirror and revealed how her eye condition is deteriorating.
“I can’t read scripts anymore because of the trouble with my eyes. And so somebody comes in and reads them to me, like telling me a story..It’s usually my daughter or my agent or a friend and actually I like that, because I sit there and imagine the story in my mind. 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 most distressing thing is in a restaurant in the evening I can’t see the person I’m having dinner with.”
Dame Judi is an acting icon. You couldn’t count the number of films that she has starred in on both hands. Recently, she was nothing short of superb in both J.Edgar and My Week With Marilyn. She is also starring in the upcoming James Bond flick with Daniel Craig.
This is awful, sad news to deliver but on a positive note, Judi is so inspiring. She has come out and said that she is learning to live with the condition, making adjustments like having people read her the scripts, and she is not going to let this get in her way. She is determined to carry on working and making films for as long as she can. Her eye sight is not going to stop her. Lets hope that her condition does not speed up and that she can keep acting for many more years to come.
“You get used to it. I’ve got lenses and glasses and things and very bright light helps. I can do a crossword if it’s bright sunshine but if a cloud comes out the next minute I can’t see anything. As long as there is a possibility of working I’m not going to retire because if I retire nothing will work anymore and it’s hard enough as it is.”
She is such an inspiration!