As you know being diagnosed with a serious eye condition can be a daunting experience. Did you know there are a few celebrities who are facing the same problem? You might share the same condition as a famous actor, recording artist or TV host…
Take a look at a few of the celebrities we found who haven’t let vision problems slow them down:
Academy Award winning actor John Goodman mentioned in 2013 he was undergoing surgery to treat his cataracts. This procedure involves removing the eye's natural lens, which has become clouded and replacing it with a clear artificial lens implant (called an intraocular lens or IOL).
Dame Judi Dench
Known widely for her role as M in the James Bond films, Academy Award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench revealed that she has age-related macular degeneration. Although her vision has limited her in some capacity, Dench has not allowed the disease to slow her down and continues to appear in films.
Helen Adams Keller (1880 – 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. Helen was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Keller was well-travelled and outspoken in her convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labour rights, socialism, antimilitarism, and other similar causes.
Helen Keller was born with the ability to see and hear. At 19 months old, she contracted an unknown illness described by doctors as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain", which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness left her both deaf and blind. Helen Keller had passed through many obstacles and she learned to live with her disabilities.
Nelle Harper Lee who was widely known for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ which was published in 1960. This was the only book she published and a lot of readers thought this was due to her lack of sight, as Nelle was partially blind and deaf, but she stated that her vision impairment was not the reason she stopped writing. Instead, she said it was because she said all that she wanted to say.
Willie Maxwell II, known professionally as Fetty Wap, is an American rapper. He rose to prominence after his debut single "Trap Queen". When he was in the spot light from 2015 many people questioned his eye and he finally admitted the truth
“I tell everybody it’s nothing, because it’s really nothing to me,” he says “what happened is, when I was little I had gotten into a little accident and it gave me congenital glaucoma in both of my eyes. The doctor saved one, I was blessed to still have my vision. That’s it. That’s the story.”
Stevland Hardaway Morris known by his stage name as Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century. He has been blind since shortly after birth. He was born six weeks premature which, resulted in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition in which the growth of the eyes is aborted and causes the retinas to detach; so he became blind.