EastEnders' actress June Brown no longer recognises friendsPosted: Monday 08 April 2019 at 13:20
EastEnders veteran June Brown has said she can no longer recognise her friends as she deals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at the age of 92.
The actress, who plays Dot in the BBC One show, says she has lived with the condition for 10 years.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror June said she has no central vision at all and can no longer respond to fan mail.
"I haven't driven for years and I can't really go out socially due to my eyesight," said the actress.
June has starred in EastEnders since 1985 and revealed in 2018 that this will be her last year on the show.
The actress said her condition was getting worse despite undergoing eye surgery in 2017.
"I never go to soap awards or suchlike now." she said. "I don't recognise people that I know and they would think I was snubbing them.
"Just pray for your health and strength, hearing and eyesight, and an active mind," she added.
The exact cause of macular degeneration is unknown, but it has been linked to smoking, high blood pressure, being overweight and having a family history of the condition.
There are two types of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), dry AMD and wet AMD.
There is no currently no treatment for dry AMD but vision aids can help with day-to-day life. People diagnosed with wet AMD may need regular eye injections.
The Macular Society provides a range of support services for people affected and funds world-class research to help find a cure.