Teary Glenn Beck: I Might Be Going Blind

Macular dystrophy may rob his eyesight

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Fondue

Posted Jul 20, 2010 4:25 AM CDT | Updated Jul 20, 2010 6:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A teary-eyed Glenn Beck has confided to a conservative crowd that disease may rob him of his vision in a year. "I can't focus my eyes," he told some 6,000 people in Salt Lake City on his American Revival tour. After tests, his doc told him: "You have macular dystrophy. You could go blind in the next year. Or, you might not."

The relatively rare genetic disorder causes a progressive loss of sight. An emotional Beck said he could learn to cope with never seeing his wife and kids again because he knows what they look like, but he would miss reading, especially since "I'm too damn lazy to learn Braille." He didn't pass up an opportunity to take a swipe at health care reform to the crowd's delight, saying he "went to the best doctor I could find, while I could still go to the best doctor I can find," reports Politics Daily. (Click here for a video rundown of Beck's previous ailments.)

Glenn Beck teared up recently when he discussed his battle with macular dystrophy,
Glenn Beck teared up recently when he discussed his battle with macular dystrophy,   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Glenn Beck addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)  in Washington earlier this year.
Glenn Beck addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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