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Eastender’s June Brown’s Going Blind

Written by on April 8, 2019

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Eastender’s June Brown’s Going Blind

June Brown, who play Dot Cotton in Eastenders, has said that her sight is so poor now she can no longer read newspapers.

June has suffered from macular degeneration for 10 years and despite a revolutionary operation in 2017 that saved her from going blind and helped her -recognise faces again, things are now getting worse.

She says: “Alexa could help me keep up with what’s going on in the world, because I’ve given up on my papers now. “I could read the headlines at one time but that’s impossible now.

“I’ve got very poor sight. I’ve got extra lenses inside my eyes to try and help me read better. They help with my -peripheral vision, but I’ve got no central vision at all.

I haven’t driven for years and I can’t really go out socially due to my eyesight. “I never go to soap awards or suchlike now. I don’t recognise people that I know and they would think I was snubbing them.

And I have got loads of fan letters that I haven’t been able to read or reply to since it all started. Clearly frustrated at her lost independence, June adds: “I can’t tell you what it’s like, but you wouldn’t want it, dear.

“So just pray for your health and strength, hearing and eyesight, and an active mind.” She said that the staff at Eastenders help her where they can when it comes to scripts.

She says: “They use big fonts. They are very kind, and people do make wonderful allowances for me. “I hope I’m worth it. Well, I suppose if I weren’t they wouldn’t bother, would they? “As for leaving… you’d have to ask the scriptwriters.

They have to decide what will happen to Dot and then they’ll approach me. I don’t think they will kill me off. I don’t think anybody there would like to.

I think they’ll probably just send me off to Ireland forever, but I really have no idea.


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