By Emily Tait
Dame Judi Dench has sought to reassure her fans that she is not going blind, following a recent interview in which she disclosed that she is suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Last week, the Mrs Brown actress, who also appears as M in the James Bond films, told the Daily Mirror that her AMD is so bad that she struggles to read film scripts and often ahs to have friends and family read them aloud for her.
This led to concern among her fans that her time on the big screen may be coming to and end, but the 77-year-old had some words of assurance for her legions of followers, in a statement to Reuters.
"I do not wish for this to be overblown. This condition is something that thousands and thousands of people all over the world are having to contend with. It's something that I have learnt to cope with and adapt to - and it will not lead to blindness," Dame Judi explained.
AMD is the leading cause of sight loss in the western world and it is estimated that just under two per cent of all Brits have it, though the actress revealed that regular injections are helping her to manage the condition.
by Martin Burns