Dame Judi Dench, a beloved and legendary actress with a career spanning over six decades, has recently opened up about her worsening age-related macular degeneration. This eye disease has affected her ability to see on film sets and read, causing significant challenges in her life.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects the central vision, causing blurriness. It occurs when the macula, the part of the eye responsible for sharp and straight-ahead vision, becomes damaged due to aging.
In an interview with the Suny Mirror’s Notebook magazine, Dame Judi shared the impact of her condition, saying, “I mean, I can’t see on a film set anymore, and I can’t see to read, so I can’t see much.” Despite these difficulties, she remains resilient and determined, stating, “But, you know, you just deal with it. Get on.”
Her condition has made it increasingly challenging for the actress to take on new film roles, especially those that require a significant amount of time. However, Dame Judi hasn’t given up hope. She believes that with her “photographic memory” and the help of her “many friends,” she can still learn scripts and continue to create memorable films like “Philomena,” “Victoria & Abdul,” and “Ladies in Lavender.”
Dame Judi’s determination and refusal to let boredom win have led her to get a tattoo that reads “carpe diem,” reminding her to seize the day. This motto has become a guiding principle in her life and career, motivating her to keep going despite the challenges she faces.
Despite her sight limitations, Dame Judi attended the Academy Awards with her grandson and recently starred in the Oscar-winning movie “Belfast.” She relies on her friends to narrate the visuals she can’t see while watching films. Although she may miss out on some details, she refuses to let it dampen her spirits.
Dame Judi’s resilience and passion for her craft continue to inspire admirers around the world. Her commitment to not letting her health struggles define her is a testament to her indomitable spirit. She remains a shining example of how to face adversity head-on and find joy in life’s moments, regardless of the circumstances.