Judi Dench is Losing Her Eyesight
She plays the super tough M in the James Bond movies but
in real-life Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench is just as vulnerable as
anyone. Dench has been struggling to read scripts and fighting to save her
eyesight after being diagnosed with a disease that could lead to blindness.
The 77-year-old acting legend admitted that she has been
receiving treatment for age-related condition macular degeneration, which her
mother also suffered. Her condition is so bad that she now relies on family and
friends to read scripts to her.
Dench told the Daily Mirror, "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 star added that the most distressing thing about her
problem was that when having dinner in a restaurant she couldn’t even see the
person she was with.
But the Shakespeare in Love star is learning to live with
the condition and determined to carry on making movies for as long as possible.
She added, "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."