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Dench tells of struggle with failing eyesight

Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench has told of her "difficult" battle with failing eyesight that has left her unable to read scripts and struggling to watch films.

The star of stage and screen suffers from macular degeneration – an age-related condition that leads to the gradual loss of vision – which her mother also had.

But the James Bond actress (left), who has notched up 95 award nominations during her career, balked at suggestions that it will slow down because of her failing health.

The 79-year-old said: "I never want to make much of it, but it is difficult.

"But these are all of the negatives. I don't want to really think about all that.

"What I can do, I do. And I get by."