Judi Dench: I'm not going blind
Dame Judi Dench has insisted that she is not losing her sight.
The Oscar-winning actress, who has been diagnosed with macular degeneration like her mother, admitted she often has trouble reading scripts or seeing faces in front of her, but has now released a statement, saying it is not as bad as earlier reported, according to People.com.
"In response to the numerous articles in the media concerning my eye condition - macular degeneration - I do not wish for this to be overblown," said the James Bond star.
The 77-year-old added: "This condition is something that thousands and thousands of people all over the world are having to contend with, and it's something that I have learnt to cope with and adapt to - and it will not lead to blindness."
Judi - who appears in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and will reprise her role as spy chief M in forthcoming Bond film Skyfall - told the Daily Mirror that the most distressing aspect of the condition was not being able to see the person she was having dinner with in a restaurant.
But she vowed not to be beaten by it, adding: "You get used to it. I've got lenses and glasses and things and very bright light helps."
She insisted she would continue working.
"As long as there is a possibility of working, I'm not going to retire. If I retire, nothing will work any more, and it's hard enough as it is," she said.