Glenn Beck Tells Salt Lake Crowd He Has Macular Dystrophy (Video)
Glenn Beck Told a Crowd in Salt Lake City Over the Weekend That He Had Been Diagnosed With Macular Dystrophy
Beck was making an appearance in the city as part of his American Revival Tour when he decided to share the news that he was recently diagnosed with macular dystrophy.
According to eMedicine Ophthalmology, macular dystrophy is the most severe, but the least common of the three major stromal corneal dystrophies. A significant reduction of vision can occur between 20-40 years, and the patient may become much more sensitive to light and develop eye pain. It is usually hereditary and can causes a central loss of vision.
Beck says he went to the doctor because he was having trouble focusing his eyes, but joked that he went to LensCrafters first where the guy told him 'whoa, you might be going blind!'.
He also joked that the doctor wasn't much help, telling him: "You could go blind in the next year . . . or you might not."
That made the crowd laugh especially when he said 'did you just charge me $1,000 to tell me something I've known my whole life?' He choked back tears when he spoke of knowing what his wife and children look like and how he loves to read, which may become harder for him to do.
Watch the video (around the 6:23 mark).