Dame Judi Dench Opens Up About Her Vision Loss

In a revelation that showcases resilience and strength, Dame Judi Dench, one of the luminaries of the film industry, has opened up about her ongoing struggle with macular degeneration.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Dame Judi Dench Opens Up About Her Vision Loss

In a revelation that showcases resilience and strength, Dame Judi Dench, one of the luminaries of the film industry, has opened up about her ongoing struggle with macular degeneration. The esteemed actress, who secured her eighth Oscar nomination in 2021, has been increasingly forthcoming about the gradual loss of her vision due to this condition.

Although complete blindness is relatively rare for those battling the disease, many individuals afflicted with macular degeneration eventually reach a stage known as legal blindness. This is a phase of vision loss that Dench acknowledges she's nearing.

Facing the Challenge on the Film Set

During a recent candid interview with The Daily Mirror, Dench disclosed her difficulty seeing on a film set. "I mean I can't see on a film set any more," Dench confessed. "And I can't see to read.

So I can't see much. But you know, you just deal with it. Get on." The condition has presented significant challenges for the actress, especially when she is cast in more substantial roles. But despite the hardship, she has found a beacon of support in her friends who assist in teaching her the script.

Aiding her further is her remarkable photographic memory, which she relies on heavily to memorize her lines.

Previous Revelations and the Path Forward

Dench's recent discussion about her eyesight isn't the first time she's publicly acknowledged her condition.

Earlier this year, during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, the acclaimed actress disclosed that she has had to rely on others to read her scripts over the past few years. Dench was first diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration in 2012.

"It's become impossible because I can't see now, I cannot read or anything," she admitted on the talk show. "Normally somebody could just teach you the lines, and goodness knows that's happened before, but now I've just found I have a photographic memory."

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