Judi Dench Is Struggling To Save Her Eyesight From A Disease That Might Lead To Total Blindness
Dame Judi Dench has proved she is a fighter a very long time ago. She won’t give up to any disease or complication, including those that come with aging. Just six weeks after having her right knee replaced – a major operation that left a six-inch scar on her knee – she was smiling on the red carpet of the premiere of her new film.
There was no stick in sight, just a poised and calm Oscar-winning actress, who didn’t show even a trace of struggle. Dench had the surgery after suffering chronic knee pain, but she's not planning to slow down and says that determination is the key. When she had her surgery on September 6, she set herself a goal to walk down the red carpet unaided on October 16. And she did it!
But Judi has another illness to deal with, and it is especially hard since it might take away something crucial for her profession – her sight.
Battling with macular degeneration
The legendary actress revealed she can’t read scripts anymore due to the serious condition that may lead to blindness. Dench said she is no longer able to see a person sitting opposite to her at the dinner table, which is a well-known symptom of macular degeneration. This condition, which her mother also suffered from, causes severe vision impairment.
Judi went through a treatment that, she hopes, will prevent the condition from progressing, allowing her to continue doing the job she loves. The 83-year-old actress said:
I never want to make much of it, but it is difficult — very, very difficult. I can't read anymore. I can't paint like I used to. I try to watch movies, but it's quite difficult. But these are all of the negatives. I don't want to really think about all that. What I can do, I do. And I somehow get by.
We applaud her strong will and the ability to focus on the positive and not let the negative put her down.
Symptoms of age-related macular degeneration and how to prevent this disease
The early stages of this condition can pass by without any symptoms. The first thing change one might notice is the gradual decline of vision quality, which can lead to a dramatic loss of central vision.
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There is a number of things you can do to lower the risk of getting a disease, including:
- Say no to smoking.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat fish or take a fish oil supplement.
- Include dark, leafy green vegetables, like raw spinach, into your diet.
- Wear sunglasses outdoors.
- Eat nuts and fruits every single day.
Also, don’t forget to have regular eye exams, and be especially diligent if someone in your family had or has macular degeneration – it has been proven to be a risk factor of developing this illness.