92-year-old East Enders star June Brown revealed she is losing her sight and can no longer recognize her friends.
The 92-year-old actress told The Mirror, “I’ve got very poor sight. I’ve got extra lenses inside my eyes to try to help me read better. They help with peripheral vision, but I’ve got no central vision. I can’t go out socially. I never go to soap awards now. I don’t recognize people I know and they would think that I was snubbing them.”
The actress had eye surgery back in 2017 to fit new lenses on her eyes as she has macular degeneration and has suffered for 10 years. Brown revealed that Amazon’s Alexa has helped her through the loss of sight, saying, “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.”
She added, “And I have got loads of fan letters that I haven’t been able to read or reply to since it all started. I don’t like to just send cards and sign them, I have all different sorts I like to chose from personally. So if someone mentioned Ethel, Gretchen Franklin, I’d send them one with a picture of Dot and Ethel. I used to be meticulous about that but now I’ve got nobody, really, to help me do it.”
She continued, “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”. Back in 2017, Brown told The Express, saying, “I can see people’s faces and recognize my children again. I can read again.”
Brown’s medical issues were written into the East Enders storyline.