Three years after Roseanne Barr announced she was going blind from both macular degeneration and glaucoma, the 65-year-old actress has revealed her eyesight is actually not deteriorating because her doctors misdiagnosed her symptoms. “I went to a new doctor about a year ago. She told me I don’t have macular degeneration, but rather a mole on the inside of my eye that’s growing, and that’s why my vision is narrowing,” Roseanne said in a new interview.
“Probably in the next year or so I can get it removed. I have a bad eye, but I’m not losing my eyesight. My dad has macular degeneration so I thought it was genetic. I just accepted it. It was a way better diagnosis than some of my friends were getting. It’s not deadly. I didn’t take it too badly,” she told People.
Roseanne following her 2015 diagnoses. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I’m positive that nothing will go right in life. That lets me off the hook. You never know. It’s never what you think and it’s never what you dread — it’s always something else that you didn’t expect,” Roseanne continued. “So you might as well live every day and have as much fun as you can. Do at least one good deed a day anonymously. Have as much fun as you can have.”
Back in 2015, the Roseanne star revealed to her fans that she was going blind and using medical marijuana to treat her symptoms. “I have macular degeneration and glaucoma, so [marijuana] is good for me for that because I have pressure in my eyes. It’s a good medicine for a lot of things,” she told the Daily Beast at the time.
Roseanne’s TV daughter Sara Gilbert previously opened up about the actress’ macular degeneration and glaucoma diagnoses on an episode of The Talk. “I love Roseanne so much, and she’s such a strong person and such an important person in my life. I know she’s a fighter and I know she’s strong. I truly believe that if anyone can do it, she’ll have her sight as long as possible,” she said. “We all hate to think of anyone we love dealing with something like this. Eyesight is such a big thing and such a big thing to lose.” We’re so glad Roseanne is doing much better today!