July 20, 2010
Glenn Beck shared with his Salt Lake City American Revival tour audience, that he was diagnosed with macular dystrophy, a genetic and degenerative eye disease.
The popular conservative radio and television personality broke down when he revealed his love of reading and the potential loss of that love, should the disease result in blindness. He quickly regained his composure, and joked that his main concern was that he might be too lazy to learn braille.
Beck relayed that he recently had been unable to focus his eyes and went to a Lenscrafter store for help. The employee who checked his eyesight told him that he may be going blind. Beck followed up with a prominent ophthalmologist who diagnosed the disease and told him that the disease could progress to blindness within the year, or it might not.
An Ophthalmology chairman, Dr. Douglas R. Lazzaro, explained that this disease is causing a degeneration of Beck's retinas, and stated that he may become legally blind,
Put it this way, (when you are legally blind) you can’t drive, and it may be difficult to read without magnification tools. It impacts your life, but usually patients retain some vision with these diseases."
There is no cure for macular dystrophy.
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