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Judi Dench Reveals She's Suffering From Macular Degeneration

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Feb. 18 2012, Published 5:17 a.m. ET

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Award winning actress Judi Dench revealed in a new interview Saturday that she is suffering from macular degeneration and beginning to have much difficulty seeing.

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“The most distressing thing is in a restaurant in the evening I can't see the person I'm having dinner with,” the 77-year-old said of her declining vision to the Daily Mirror via the Huffington Post.

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Being diagnosed with the condition, which can sometimes cause blindness, the Oscar winner admitted to even needing help reading her scripts.

“It's usually my daughter or my agent or a friend,” the Shakespeare in Love actress explained of who assists her in going over lines now.

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Judi has had a very long career on the big screen, starring in films such as Chocolat, Iris and GoldenEye, a part of the James Bond sequence.

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