Judi Dench, who has been diagnosed with macular degeneration, recently admitted she often has trouble reading scripts or seeing faces in front of her.
But she's now released a statement, saying her condition - which her mother also suffered - is not as bad as earlier reported.
"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."
And 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.
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