July 21st, 2010
01:30 PM ET

What is Glenn Beck's eye disorder?

Fox TV personality Glenn Beck announced last week that he has an eye disorder known as macular dystrophy and  “could go blind the next year."

Beck began to cry during the speech at his “American Revival” tour in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday.

“I know what my wife looks like,” he said. “I know what my children look like. I have a great imagination. I know what color looks like. But I love to read.”

Beck, 46, then joked, “I thought to myself I’m too darn lazy to learn Braille.”

He said he was having trouble focusing his eyes and went to a doctor.

Macular dystrophy can be a confusing term, because it’s used broadly and interchangeably with several diseases including macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness for Americans over the age of 60.

For someone at the age of 46, the macular dystrophy Beck referred to could be hereditary forms of retina damage, said Dr. David DiLoreto, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who is not involved in Beck’s care.

There are several forms, including pattern dystrophy, adult vitelliform degeneration and dominant drusen.

Their symptoms are very gradual, mild and often painless. The early signs could be tiny blind spots, inability to distinguish objects at a distance or waviness in vision.

“It makes it difficult to perceive small objects such as reading,” said Dr. Mina Chung, an associate professor of ophthalmology, who researches retinal imaging and genetic eye diseases at the University of Rochester. “In early phases, it can be very mild, with trouble distinguishing fine targets. In later phases, it can cause legal blindness.”

The macula, which is the center part of the retina is damaged. Usually, macular dystrophy in adult onset cases does not cause complete blindness, but it could be “very disabling,” she said.

Macular dystrophy is rare compared with the more common macular degeneration, which affects at least one in 10 Americans over  age 65.

Scientists have yet to identify the gene behind macular dystrophy and a cure is not available.

Beck credited his religion for helping him cope. "After I stopped feeling sorry for myself, I truly came to a place which is the greatest blessing: Lord, if you need my eyes, they're yours. They were yours the whole time anyway. Thank you for letting me see as far as I have.”

soundoff (1,665 Responses)
  1. motorhome shops near me


    May 21, 2021 at 15:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Mechanics Los Angeles


    May 21, 2021 at 18:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Shower Orange County


    May 21, 2021 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. rv renovation companies near me


    May 21, 2021 at 22:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Local Marketing Consultant


    May 22, 2021 at 03:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. gallery xnxx


    May 22, 2021 at 03:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RV Body Shop Orange County


    May 22, 2021 at 06:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. rv shower upgrade


    May 22, 2021 at 08:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. wall paint shops near me


    May 22, 2021 at 08:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RV Camera Near Me

    Good site you've got here.. It’s difficult to find good quality writing like yours nowadays. I seriously appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!


    May 22, 2021 at 18:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. camper remodel supplies


    May 22, 2021 at 20:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. RV Fiberglass Riverside

    Howdy! I simply want to give you a huge thumbs up for your excellent info you have here on this post. I am coming back to your blog for more soon.


    May 23, 2021 at 00:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RV Camera Near Me

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Spending some time and actual effort to generate a superb article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don't manage to get nearly anything done.


    May 23, 2021 at 02:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. rv repair riverside

    Hello there! This blog post could not be written much better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!


    May 23, 2021 at 03:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. motorhome restoration interior

    I really like reading through an article that can make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!


    May 23, 2021 at 08:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Google Marketing Agencies


    May 23, 2021 at 22:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RV Paint Shop California


    May 23, 2021 at 23:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Video Marketing Service


    May 24, 2021 at 02:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. RV TV California


    May 24, 2021 at 07:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. rv parts close to me

    Excellent write-up. I definitely love this website. Continue the good work!


    May 24, 2021 at 09:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. RV Bedroom Near Me

    This is a topic that's near to my heart... Take care! Where are your contact details though?


    May 24, 2021 at 18:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. rv decal repair

    Next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not disappoint me just as much as this particular one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read, but I genuinely believed you would have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you weren't too busy searching for attention.


    May 24, 2021 at 18:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. camper van near me


    May 24, 2021 at 20:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Remodel Near Me


    May 24, 2021 at 20:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. RV Fiberglass California


    May 24, 2021 at 20:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Content Marketing Companies

    You have made some really good points there. I checked on the net for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.


    May 25, 2021 at 01:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. SEO Marketing Agencies


    May 25, 2021 at 03:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Internet Marketing Specialists

    Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will revisit once again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.


    May 25, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Social Media Marketing Company Near Me

    After checking out a handful of the blog posts on your blog, I seriously like your technique of writing a blog. I book marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my web site as well and tell me how you feel.


    May 25, 2021 at 05:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Internet Marketing Firm

    I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this during my hunt for something regarding this.


    May 25, 2021 at 07:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Used Forklift Parts California


    May 25, 2021 at 07:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Digital Marketing Consultant

    bookmarked!!, I really like your website!


    May 25, 2021 at 07:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. SEO Marketing Company


    May 25, 2021 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Content Marketing Agency Near Me


    May 25, 2021 at 10:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Video Marketing Service

    I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and engaging, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is something that too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy that I found this during my hunt for something regarding this.


    May 25, 2021 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Digital Marketing Company Near Me

    I must thank you for the efforts you've put in writing this site. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade content by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal website now 😉


    May 25, 2021 at 11:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Content Marketing Company


    May 25, 2021 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Social Media Marketing Firm

    I have to thank you for the efforts you've put in writing this site. I'm hoping to see the same high-grade content from you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my very own website now 😉


    May 25, 2021 at 18:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Internet Marketing Firms


    May 25, 2021 at 19:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Internet Marketing Companies


    May 25, 2021 at 20:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Internet Marketing Experts


    May 25, 2021 at 22:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. rv body repair parts


    May 25, 2021 at 23:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. rv floor repair cost

    I was able to find good info from your content.


    May 26, 2021 at 00:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. RV Mechanics California


    May 26, 2021 at 03:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. RV Tires Orange County

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I've read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this site.


    May 26, 2021 at 06:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. good sam rv repair


    May 26, 2021 at 08:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. RV Collision Repair California


    May 26, 2021 at 08:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. camper repair center

    You are so cool! I do not believe I've read through something like that before. So great to discover somebody with some unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!


    May 26, 2021 at 09:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. collision center of temecula temecula ca

    After I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Appreciate it!


    May 26, 2021 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Sprinter Van Seat Fabric Repair


    May 26, 2021 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Leave a Reply to ConcernedCitizen


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.