Roseanne Barr has revealed that she is suffering from macular degeneration. The American actress and comedian said that her "vision is closing now" and that she may one day lose her sight.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Roseanne explained that doctors can't tell her exactly when it will happen, but that she can eventually expect to go blind.
"[It's] harsh, 'cause I read a lot," said Roseanne. "And then I thought, 'Well, I guess I could hire somebody to read for me and read to me.' But I like words and I like looking."
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Roseanne Barr revealed that she can expect to one day lose her sight
"You do what you have to do," she added. "I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible – you know, living it up. My dad had it, too."
Macular degeneration is an age-related eye condition that generally leads to the gradual loss of central vision, but can sometimes cause a rapid reduction in vision.
Roseanne, 62, also admitted that she suffers from glaucoma, a condition that can affect sight, usually due to build up of pressure within the eye.
"I'm still relevant to people," said Roseanne Barr, whose hit show Roseanne still airs on TV
The actress, who has won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for her role in popular sitcom Roseanne, uses marijuana to ease the pain. "It's a good medicine, you know," she said. "It's good for me because I have pressure in my eyes. It's a good medicine for a lot of things."
Her eponymous TV show was a hit in its time, and ran for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997. Roseanne also became the 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party, after failing to secure a place in the Green Party.
Reflecting on her fame, the straight-talking star said: "Once you're famous, you're never not famous. My show is on five times a day in 15 countries or something. I'm still relevant to people. I was young then, man. I was in my late thirties, early forties. You needed so much energy. I couldn't keep that up now."