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Actress Judi Dench has revealed heartbreaking news about her age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Eleven years ago, Dench was diagnosed with AMD, an eye disease that can cause blurred vision.  

The 88-year-old said that she can no longer read so she’s unable to read scripts on see on set, but she hopes that this will not keep her from working in the future.

She told The Mirror that she believes her photographic memory will help her.

“I mean, I can’t see on a film set anymore… And I can’t see to read. So I can’t see much. But you know, you just deal with it. Get on. It’s difficult for me if I have any length of a part. I haven’t yet found a way because I have so many friends who will teach me the script. But I have a photographic memory.”

During her career that has spanned several decades, Dench has won an Oscar as well as seven nominations. She has also won four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe awards and 10 BAFTA awards.

A few years ago she gave up driving and admits that it’s tough being dependent on other people:

“A couple of years ago, I stopped driving, which was one of the most traumatic moments of my life… It was absolutely appalling. But I just know I’ll kill somebody if I get behind the wheel of a car now.”

Image credit: NME

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