Judi Dench Battling Macular Degeneration

Judi Dench, the James Bond movie actress, known as the character “M” in the Bond movies – the wise chief British spy lady who James turns to back at the home office when he is in a tight spot – has announced she can no longer read movie scripts because of vision problems caused by macular degeneration.

Macular Degeneration can begin in one or both eyes and if caught early the progression can be slowed.  However, it does lead to blindness and can cause an inability to focus the eye.

Judi Dench said she is not retiring yet but currently has to have someone else read the movie scripts to her in order to learn her lines.  She is an Oscar-winning actress, winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 film “Shakespeare in Love”.

Macular degeneration affects the small part of the retina in the back of the eye, called the macula, and causes problems with the person’s central vision.  It commonly begins impacting people who are 50 years or older and is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.A. and Europe.  Learn more about symptoms and treatments in Caregiverlist’s Macular Degeneration Care Brief. 

Caregivers can find online caregiver training to develop senior caregiving skills.


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