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Judi Dench's Inspiring Journey

Overcoming Blindness, Retirement & Thriving Today

The Academy Award-winning actress has been battling macular degeneration for over a decade. Find out more about her battle with the condition here.
Dame Judi Dench has shown no signs of stepping away from the screen in her very long career. The actress, 88, has long been an outspoken advocate for older actresses continuing to work.
While she continues to work, she has suffered from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) for many years now, and she’s been very open about how her eyesight has been affected in more recent years.
Dame Judi Dench revealed that she had been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration in a 2012 interview with DailyMail. She revealed that her mother had battled the same condition, but revealed she was receiving treatment for two different types.
AMD is caused by damage to the macula part of the eye, which is sensitive to light, as a person ages, according to the National Eye Institute. Very often it leads to blurred vision. There are two types of macular degeneration, dry and wet, and as Judi revealed, she has each type in separate eyes.
Judi first revealed she’d been diagnosed in 2012. As there’s no treatment for dry AMD, she continues to battle the condition to this day. As she’s been losing her sight for over a decade, the Shakespeare in Love actress has been very forthcoming about the ways that she adapts to keep working.
While Judi’s eyesight has worsened over the years, she will not let that stop her! The Goldeneye actress revealed she has to get very close to people to recognize who they are and can walk on past someone she’s known for years without recognizing them due to her condition.