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Britain's Dame Judi Dench losing eyesight
UPI ^ | 02/18/2012

Posted on 02/18/2012 7:05:55 PM PST by SeekAndFind

British actress Judi Dench has said friends must read film scripts to her because she is gradually losing her eyesight to macular degeneration.

"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," she said.

The actress, who won an Oscar for her role in "Shakespeare in Love," said she can no longer see faces in front of her due to the condition, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

"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," she said.

Dench's mother also suffered the disease, which typically affects the elderly, the newspaper said.

Dench, 77, says she has been losing her battle with macular degeneration and has little eyesight left.

Age-related macular degeneration, known as AMD, affects nearly 240,000 people in Britain and is the leading cause of blindness in the world, the Mirror said.

Dench told The Telegraph injections seem to have arrested the degeneration in her eyes and she has no plans to retire.

Dench will be returning to her role as M in the next James Bond film, "Skyfall."

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: blindness; judydench

Judi Dench battling blindness, diagnosed with macular degeneration‎
1 posted on 02/18/2012 7:06:02 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Dear Lord, I love that woman, prayers up.

Her parody of 'I am 16, you are 17' is one of my favorites.

Cool old broad.

/johnny

2 posted on 02/18/2012 7:11:18 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 02/18/2012 7:12:22 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise; dfwgator

Lookup Michael Nesmith (Fakebook’s good as any.) He lost and recently regained eyesight.


4 posted on 02/18/2012 7:15:01 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SeekAndFind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1YJdTd2g0k

/johnny

5 posted on 02/18/2012 7:15:59 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind

A real shame. She is a brilliant actress and a very classy lady.


6 posted on 02/18/2012 7:16:41 PM PST by pabianice (")
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To: pabianice
She had her share of silly. Ref my previous link.

But she is good. I hate to see her in this shape, but it sounds like she's handling it.

Yes, I have a crush on a woman twenty(harumph) years my senior. I'm not ashamed to admit it.

/johnny

7 posted on 02/18/2012 7:24:39 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have it. My mother went blind with it. My son has it. Mine is still very small and hasn’t grown lately. My son’s can hardly be seen by the doctor but she says it’s there. It’s genetic. Nothing to be done about it. I take vitamins and generally keep my health up. My mother smoked and so does my son and I think that exacerbates it.


8 posted on 02/18/2012 7:31:23 PM PST by Mercat
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To: SeekAndFind
....coming to the USA...0bambiCare = British National Health without the compassion.../sarc

Don't forget to stock up on Do It Yourself dental kits.

9 posted on 02/18/2012 7:46:56 PM PST by spokeshave (Mitt will release his tax returns when 0bambi releases his Birth Certificate and grades)
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To: pabianice

Check out her performance in the recent “Jane Eyre”.


10 posted on 02/18/2012 7:51:18 PM PST by ngat
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To: SeekAndFind

Getting old sucks.


11 posted on 02/18/2012 7:51:31 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the fascists.)
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To: Mercat

There are treatments to hang onto as much vision as you can. Anti-VEGF injections and laser treatments for example. Good to take AREDS II formulation vitamins - especially zinc and lutein and vitamin E. Smoking is the worst thing you can do.


12 posted on 02/18/2012 7:55:01 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Dallas59

Looks like retinal damage from not wearing sunglasses?


13 posted on 02/18/2012 7:57:32 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Getting old sucks.

And the alternative is ....

14 posted on 02/18/2012 8:39:30 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Mercat

My father and grandmother both had it. They too were very heavy smokers. With my genetic background I’m glad I quit years ago.


15 posted on 02/18/2012 8:45:08 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: reg45

Corneal transplantation-


16 posted on 02/18/2012 8:46:12 PM PST by U-238
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Macular degeneration by itself will not lead to total blindness. Only a very small number of people with visual impairment are totally blind. In almost all cases, some vision remains.


17 posted on 02/18/2012 8:47:19 PM PST by U-238
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To: reg45

Because peripheral vision is not affected, people with macular degeneration can learn to use their remaining vision to partially compensate


18 posted on 02/18/2012 8:54:41 PM PST by U-238
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry to hear this. Dame Judi is a treasure.


19 posted on 02/18/2012 9:28:40 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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AMD DROPS FROM ETHOSHEAVEN WILL CURE HER


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To: Revolting cat!

eye drops for AMD from ethosheaven website is worth a look!!


22 posted on 02/20/2012 8:58:17 AM PST by leo125
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