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Skyfall’s Dame Judi Dench battling to save her eyesight

18 February 2012

Oscar winning cinema legend Dame Judi Dench who is currently filming her role of M in Skyfall - the 23rd James Bond adventure has revealed that she is fighting to save her eyesight.

The acting veteran, famed for the likes of Notes on a Scandal, Iris and The Importance of Being Earnest has been diagnosed with macular degeneration, a medical condition which can lead to blindness and tells The Mirror "I can't read scripts any more because of the trouble with my eyes. And so somebody comes in and reads them to me, like telling me a story. It's usually my daughter or my agent or a friend, and actually I like that, because I sit there and imagine the story in my mind, I've got what my ma had, macular degeneration, which you get when you get old. I had wet in one eye and dry in the other and they had to do these injections, and I think it's arrested it. I hope so."

Dench added that she can't see faces in front of her but can only see their outline and that she has no plans to retire "The most distressing thing is in a restaurant in the evening, I can't see the person I'm having dinner with, actually, what I miss are people corpsing on stage. I know there might be something going on but sometimes I can't see it and that infuriates me as I think I'm really missing out on something.

I'm very conscious that I'm in the minority in that I love what I do. How big is the number of people who are running to work to do a job that they like? And how lucky to be employed at it - how incredibly lucky."

Dench will next be seen in The Best Exotic Marigold which arrives in cinemas on February 24 alongside the stellar cast of Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel and Celia Imrie.

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