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    Roseanne Barr is going blind. The 62-year-old comedian revealed to the Daily Beast at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 20, that her “vision is closing in.”

    "I have macular degeneration and glaucoma,” the Roseanne show alum told the news site of the medical condition that ultimately leaves you blind. “I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible, you know? Living it up. My dad had it, too,” Barr explained, adding that she’ll miss reading but has thought about hiring someone to “read for me and read to me.”

    The Roseanne’s Nuts star, who has been vocal about wanting to legalize marijuana and smokes on camera in her documentary Roseanne For President!, said she’s turned to the drug to self-medicate.
    “[Marijuana is] good for me for that because I have pressure in my eyes,” she explained. “[Marijuana is a] good medicine for a lot of things.”
    “It’s expansive,” she touted of the drug. “It opens your mind. You’re like…Wow, you’re in awe. You look up into the stars. It makes you wonder. It doesn’t close that down.”



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    I'm sorry to hear this, loved her show, hope it's a slow decline.

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    This sucks. I feel bad for her.
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    My Mom and I are both on glaucoma drops, and my Mom also has macular degeneration. It's a double whammy because glaucoma causes you to lose your peripheral vision and macular destroys the central vision. As far as her comment about smoking weed to lower eye pressure, yes it does, but the effects only last for three hours. So unless you are permanently stoned and wake up every few hours in the night, it's not an effective way to treat glaucoma. If she's not using prescription glaucoma eyedrops or any of the medically prescribed treatment, she is losing vision that could have been saved.
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    Sorry to hear that, Palermo.

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    Thanks for that info, Palermo. My dad has glaucoma, but they caught it early. He's also on the eyedrops, and everyone remarks on his luscious eyelashes, but it irritates the eyes as well.

    I like Roseanne, and I'm sorry that she's losing her vision. Hopefully she'll use this as an opportunity to educate people about the services available to people with vision impairments.
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    Isn't there a surgery for this? My MIL just had glaucoma surgery and then had to get cataract surgery right afterwards. I guess she's going to be on the drops forever, but I'm not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprynkles View Post
    Sorry to hear that, Palermo.
    Thank you, but we are both ok right now. My Mom will be 86 and still doesn't need glasses and can read. She was part of a ten year study done on macular, not sure if that helped her but she doesn't seem to be getting worse. They recommend Preservision for macular. I haven't lost any vision yet either (knock wood). I think some people who should take the drops either forget or stop taking them for awhile etc. Eventually they can stop working and you need to take other steps though. I have to go to the eye doc's every three to six months, and he is a glaucoma specialist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalasnake View Post
    Thanks for that info, Palermo. My dad has glaucoma, but they caught it early. He's also on the eyedrops, and everyone remarks on his luscious eyelashes, but it irritates the eyes as well.

    I like Roseanne, and I'm sorry that she's losing her vision. Hopefully she'll use this as an opportunity to educate people about the services available to people with vision impairments.
    Yes, I have those thick beautiful long lashes too, but also got the dark circles and the drops I am on now make you lose the fat behind your eyeballs, so they sort of sink back like they would when you get old. The first drops made my hair fall out in bunches. They all have side effects. Good luck to your Dad, I belong to some groups and many people who are faithful with their treatments keep their vision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    Isn't there a surgery for this? My MIL just had glaucoma surgery and then had to get cataract surgery right afterwards. I guess she's going to be on the drops forever, but I'm not sure.
    I have heard they treat it differently in U.S. than Europe for example. Here we start on the drops and get surgery if/when the drops quit working. Over there they do surgery first. They have just come out with a new shunt thingie that if you get cataract surgery you can have them put in this thing and it helps drain the eyes, and then you don't need the drops. I never thought I'd be wishing for cataracts but ... LOL For now I'm on drops for life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palermo View Post
    I have heard they treat it differently in U.S. than Europe for example. Here we start on the drops and get surgery if/when the drops quit working. Over there they do surgery first. They have just come out with a new shunt thingie that if you get cataract surgery you can have them put in this thing and it helps drain the eyes, and then you don't need the drops. I never thought I'd be wishing for cataracts but ... LOL For now I'm on drops for life.
    The drops are a pain, huh? My MIL hates them, but it beats the alternative Did you have the surgery?

    i think by the timely MIL was diagnosed the glaucoma was a bit more advanced. Her first surgery wasn't a success and she's had to do two follow up surgeries in one eye and one in the other. Apparently, her cataracts progressed practically overnight once she had the glaucoma surgery she had. It destroyed the lens. Hopefully, she's all done with surgery but the glaucoma was very scary.
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    I feel for her. I'm a couple of years older & was on glaucoma drops for years. Then they implanted a shunt which caused my retina to fold. Left eye views things lie this: \ Best to you, Roseanne.

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    My mother was born legally blind and now has both glaucoma and macular degeneration. She's not a candidate for surgery. Currently she's on drops, which have changed her eye color from green to brown and has caused her eyelashes to come out. In the last year she's had 3 new prescriptions for glasses- as she already has low vision it's costing her big bucks to replace them each time even with 2 vision insurances picking up some costs. Her already limited vision is going fast. She's quite excited at the prospect of giving up driving in the next year or so. She hates to drive and now has an actual reason for us to chauffeur her around.

    Ironically enough, she's a teacher in a school for the blind/visually impaired. She already knows how to Braille and has done mobility training for years with her kids. We all expect her to be just fine- because she expects to be just fine.
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    No, I didn't have surgery, my optic nerve is fine at this point. Actually neither of us have glaucoma, we are called glaucoma "suspects". It just means we are more likely to get it than others. In our family we have something called retinal vein occlusions, my Mom has three siblings who had bleeds in their eyes and lost significant vision. Having high pressure makes it more likely to occur apparently. I have had a tear in my retina though, fixed by laser, and also have no tears, which means endless drops. Sometimes in the night my eyes get so dry I can't blink, so have to keep drops nearby always. Eh, what can you do, we all have something I guess.

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