Judi Dench Diagnosed With Macular Degeneration

Famous "James Bond" actress confronts a condition that affects millions.
2:00 | 02/18/12

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News from London tonight from actress Judy -- she has revealed she's been diagnosed with -- -- degeneration a disease that can cause blindness. The actress says she now gets help reading her movie descriptions like her story along with a -- the new science behind the condition that affects so many here's Kelly Kobe area. She's the steely eyed boss keeping watch over James -- wanted to -- -- Dame Judi Dench she's acted in more than a hundred -- -- to queens and one countless awards. But these days the 77 year old Oscar winner can't see the face of the actor in front of her. Dame -- told the British newspaper The Daily Mirror I've -- with my mind hat -- killer. And it's gotten so bad that I can't read scripts anymore somebody comes in and reads them -- -- usually my daughter. The most distressing thing is I can't see the person I'm having dinner -- Age related immaculate degeneration or AMD is the most common cause of vision loss -- Americans over the age of 65. Earlier on in the disease straight lines appear wavy in time your vision goes from this. Two -- There are two forms of immaculate. And wet which is more serious dame Judi has all kinds one in each shot. For some patients with advanced AMD like -- -- cancer there's this cutting edge technique implanting a tiny telescope into the affected dot. It absolutely functions as a telescope. It has to wide angle high power lenses after the surgery -- -- saw his baby granddaughter in a whole new -- And I could see her face and I knew this was -- -- we go to work. Dame Judi is getting treatment to stop her eyesight from becoming any worse. And she has no plans to retire in fact she shooting scenes from the new James Bond movie here in London. David she says I love my job and I'm incredibly lucky to be employed at it.

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