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.”

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    July 21, 2010 at 18:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Prayer Works

      Wow the whole prayer thing does in fact work because I prayed he would go blind and then soon after die. The lord works in mysterious ways!

      July 21, 2010 at 19:42 | Report abuse |
    • conventgirl

      Obviously we even have some idiots up here in Canada, too.

      Glenn Beck has a personality disorder, he needs help...........why he is considered an entertainer is questionable. The man is mentally not well.

      July 22, 2010 at 00:29 | Report abuse |
    • LeeVA

      So 'Prayer Works', if others here pray for you to go blind and die, do you think it will really happen? Wait, it just might. By your own words! Just kidding - no one should ever invoke God for something like that. Do you see how malevolent you are? And do you honestly think God will take your request for something as evil as that? If you think He will, you're very sadly mistaken. And I'll let you in on a little secret - we all will die at some point. It's not something you wish, it's a given.

      July 22, 2010 at 01:30 | Report abuse |
  2. SusieQ

    I will never understand why a drunk like Glenn Beck has such a wide conservative audience. I am sad he might lose his eyesight but am curious whether this is just another tall story of his. Time will tell.

    July 21, 2010 at 18:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. AzMom

    I bet he's glad he's got health insurance...

    July 21, 2010 at 18:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sammer

      ROFLMAO! AzMom – you made my day!!!

      July 21, 2010 at 22:51 | Report abuse |
  4. Erica

    It is written that the closer you get to the truth the more satan tries to bring you down but you must never except this condition you must keep up the fight and keep exposing his lies then you shall see oh so clear. The farther you go in histroy you shall come to the death of Jesus sin has confused and decieved the mind which makes of blind to the facts, trace the lies back to the truth and you shall see. Everyday we are blinded by false withness it needs to come to and end.

    July 21, 2010 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Beelzebub's Apologist

      ... and the kool-aid shall set you free (Leviticus 3:21). There is a comfort in buying into such logic, I'm sure.

      July 23, 2010 at 09:46 | Report abuse |
  5. Helena Handbasket

    I read an article that said Beck's eye disorder is commonplace among those who spend a great deal of time with their head up their arse. If that's the case, Glenn's case is probably irreversible. Sad, really.

    July 21, 2010 at 19:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. martinamerica

    If you want to learn about hatefulness, just watch the comments section when something bad happens to a conservative. Liberal compassion is a myth and a lie.

    July 21, 2010 at 19:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anti Psychotics Do Work

      Check them out.

      July 21, 2010 at 19:46 | Report abuse |
  7. Donald in CA

    Glen becks problem is with his mind and heart. Hopefully
    he will join cheney in the heart department.

    July 21, 2010 at 19:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • LeeVA

      Wow, what a bad Karma. It really amazes me people would wish death on others, but then again, the playing field is level for everyone in the end. Guess what? We're all going to die, not just Dick Cheney or Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or whoever else you wish death comes for. Now there's a real slice of reality for ya! Something to ponder, Donald.

      July 22, 2010 at 01:24 | Report abuse |
  8. rollins


    July 21, 2010 at 19:26 | Report abuse | Reply
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    July 21, 2010 at 19:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. brian

    Glenn goes blind. See no evil. Rush is deaf. Hear no evil. Ya don't need eyes if you can't SEE that you might be wrong. Ya don't need ears if you don't listen to anyone.

    July 21, 2010 at 19:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Darn

    I hope he keeps his sight long enough for me to find him and watch me put my foot up his ......

    That would be a pity if he did not have a chance to see it coming towards him...either way I hope he goes blind soon.

    July 21, 2010 at 19:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Praying For Glenn

    Glenn Beck is the closest thing to a return of Jesus that we have had in 2000 years. I actually think he is the second coming of Christ and will soon reveal the truth to all of you hateful mean spirited people that do not understand how the world works and living in the image of God...and living in the image of Glenn. Repent now!!!

    July 21, 2010 at 19:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • LeeVA

      While I agree we should pray for Glenn, I never equate the living God with another human being. We all fall short. And some a lot more than others looking at the vicious comments and attacks.

      July 22, 2010 at 00:56 | Report abuse |
    • David in Madison Wisconsin

      So Jesus is an alcoholic?

      July 22, 2010 at 11:46 | Report abuse |
  13. Hoddinr

    What most people don't know is that Beck started his on-air career at a local radio station in Tampa... before syndication and TV shows. I actually used to listen to him!
    That was until I heard him brag one day about how he and his other Republican thugs were hired to go down to Palm Beach and stop the Supervisor of Elections Office from completing the vote recount during the 2000 presidential election!

    According to Beck, they took baseball bats and barged into the building chanting and banging on the windows of the offices where the recount was taking place. Thuggery and intimidation over civilized democratic elections... that's brown shirt nazi strategy. And that's the REAL Glen Beck... in his own words. AND.. he was proud of it!

    You know the rest of the story.... George Bush was "Selected" by the US Supreme Court and the country went to war and hell in a handbasket for the next 8 years.

    July 21, 2010 at 19:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Gina's Insight

    Glenn, you lost your "sight" a long time ago.

    July 21, 2010 at 19:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. jstmyview

    Ya See, he made a pact with the 'Devil".

    July 21, 2010 at 20:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. jstmyview

    The problem with the “Republicans” and their stepchild “The Evil Violent Tea Party” is they listen too much to the Republican Extremist like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. All they ever do is salute, defend, cover up and put a spin on anything and everything the Republicans ever do. They criticize and blame the Democrats for everything. They continue to lie and deny that the “Bush Administration” darn near destroyed this country. That’s why they have no credibility. If they were honest and fair and pointed out the good, bad and ugly on all sides they would carry a little more clout. Case in point, who won the last election even though they were spewing all that venom?

    July 21, 2010 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. A girl can dream

    I do not care about his eyesight however I would love to bear his child/children. I would feel like Mary raising a little Jesus if I could get so lucky to be impregnated by Glenn.

    July 21, 2010 at 20:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. sue

    I'm wondering if it could be caused by the Vicks vapor rub he puts under his eyes so he can tear up and pretend to give a shit!

    July 21, 2010 at 20:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Joshua Ludd

    Well, while I can't stand the guy and thing he is a genuine danger to our nation, I certainly hope (if true) that he doesn't end up going blind.

    July 21, 2010 at 20:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. The second coming

    An earlier poster touched on Glen possibly being the second coming our Lord Savior Jesus Christ. I have thought the same thing many times. Glen is our savior, he is our voice of reason, and he is the light that needs to shine bright for our country to navigate in these dark times.

    July 21, 2010 at 20:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. ljheidel

    Could be the log in his eye...

    July 21, 2010 at 20:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. ruth

    Seems this forum is filled with "scoffers". And that is each person's choice – to believe, or not to believe. As believer, I continue to pray for the nonbelievers – because us Christians are all aware of what's coming down the pike for mankind – very soon.
    And if you think the movie "2012" was realistic, you ain't seen nothing yet.

    Pray, repent and turn from our sins – that is what Jesus instructs us to do.

    July 21, 2010 at 20:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. wileyz

    Everyone should understand that this isn't about "Republicans" or "Democrats" – nor is it about any other political party, race, gender or personal income.

    Satan has used mankind to push his agenda for many, many centuries – and he knows his time is running out – that is why our world is in this state of chaos right now.

    This, our very lives on this planet, is about our commitment to follow God or not follow God. That is the bottom line. Time is coming where each of us will have to choose who we are going to follow – God or satan.

    Yep, it is the infamous "good vs evil" – that's what it's always been about. Anything else has been, and will be, just satan's diversion(s) to try to get your mind off of your eternal salvation. After reading these posts on this forum, it would appear that he (satan) isn't having to work very hard at deceiving people.

    July 21, 2010 at 20:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Glen is our God

    Glen Beck is the "perfect" man if there were ever one other than our Lord Jesus Christ. He displays compassion like Ghandi. Wisdom that rivals any known man to walk this earth. Not to mention intelligence on par with Socrates and Einstein. He is a true blessing from above. The heavens parted the day Glen was born and God deemed it a good day.

    He is the best American that has ever lived. He is the only truth in a world filled with lies. He is Jesus Christs long lost brother. Also his mother is named Mary!! Think about that....coincidence...i highly doubt it!

    July 21, 2010 at 20:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Gilda

    Oh, come now...

    Glenn has suggested that Gawd is looking out for him. I'm sure that if he believes and prays hard enough, his eyes will be Just Fine.

    July 21, 2010 at 20:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Dawn

    These people actually thinks he speaks the truth?

    Holy hell! Everyone get out of the handbasket!

    July 21, 2010 at 20:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Tea Anyone

    As an active member in the Tea Party I can say tell you that Glen Beck is the only voice that will question authority in these unsure times. He is the reason we actually still have a country called the U.S.A. Without Beck this place would have been part of China by now and Obama would have made your backyard a Ghetto filled with little nappy head idiots that like to do crack and steal. God is shining his light with through Glen's words and at some point you libtards will understand he is more than a Fox News Commentator. He is the greatest American to ever walk these shores.

    July 21, 2010 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PaulC

      Where were you fiscal conservatives when Bush Jr. started a $1 trillion unfunded war of choice? Where were you when Bush Jr. doubled the deficit? Where were you when Bush Jr. approved the 1st stimulus package?
      Apparently you did not any DANGER until Jan. 2008. Coincidence? I think not.

      July 22, 2010 at 10:01 | Report abuse |
  28. Tea Anyone

    As an active member in the Tea Party I can say tell you that Glen Beck is the only voice that will question authority in these unsure times. He is the reason we actually still have a country called the U.S.A. Without Beck this place would have been part of China by now and Obama would have made your backyard a Ghetto filled with little nappy head idiots that like to do crack and steal. God is shining his light with through Glen's words and at some point you will understand he is more than a Fox News Commentator. He is the greatest American to ever walk these shores.

    July 21, 2010 at 20:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dave

      Just because you cant run your own household and call that unsure times, dont think we all feel that way, where were you fools when bush put us in this mess, you tea beggers need to go somewhere and just die off, you make people sick, you uneducated old fools;

      July 21, 2010 at 22:31 | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Tea girl must be wanting to do things with glenn, nasty tea begger, you love glen dont you, go be his bitch,

      July 21, 2010 at 22:32 | Report abuse |
  29. vivian M.

    Lord, take my eyes too so I don't have to see that man.

    July 21, 2010 at 20:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. John

    Did Mark C invest in that gold company? He seems to mention it a 100 times.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Ian G

    I know what's wrong with Glenn Beck's eyes, they see the world differently than normal rational, intelligent people.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Darth Cheney

    Perhaps someday Glenn Beck will be as blind as his viewers.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jojo

      luv the name!! darth cheney lol

      July 22, 2010 at 16:03 | Report abuse |
  33. Max

    Headline should read: Karma Targets Hater Beck

    July 21, 2010 at 21:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Willie

    Im sure this is just more attention getting nonsense.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. ashabdee

    what eyes? he doesn't have any eyes..........

    July 21, 2010 at 21:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Stuart

    I wish Beck well and hope for the best. If the worst case scenario occurs and he loses his vision, he will still "see" things more clearly than ignorant and psychological disturbed liberals ever will.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. rhumba

    There's a big difference between legal blindness and total blindness. The macula is one spot on the retina. If Mr. Beck's blindness occurs because of a disease of the macula, he will lose his central vision, but he should maintain his peripheral vision and will more than likely never lose his ability to walk independently as long as he is cautious, to recognize people, and to perform his usual daily living activities. He will lose his ability to drive and his ability to read except very large print. Most legally blind individuals lead fairly normal lives and adapt by using drivers and various reading aids such as magnification, taped material, computer voice programs, and large print.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. jim

    It's to bad he wont be able to see much longer. To cherish the little things like watching a sunset, fireworks on the 4th of July or seeing his kids grow into little oppressive a-holes like his old man. If only he would loose the ability to speak. Then that would be something to be thankful for. If Beck and Rush would tolerate and accept individuality and diversity or just move to another planet filled with similar jerks, this would would be a little bit more peaceful.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Jason

    Im not a fan of his views, or his show. But i hope they find a way to slow the eye disease. no one deserves to go blind.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • LeeVA

      That's commendable, Jason. You have a good heart.

      July 22, 2010 at 01:16 | Report abuse |
  40. Mike S.,

    His eye disorder is that he can't see past his nose.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Kathy

    Ed and Gina, my husband and I couldn't agree with you more. Both of us have Master's Degree's and have learned more from Glenn Beck than all of our years of college. I am sure there will be hateful and ignorant comments after my post and I refuse to respond to those. I will, however, say that we are not zombies when it comes to political pundits. We so appreciate that Glenn Beck ALWAYS backs up his lessons with facts. Any educated person that listens to him can not deny that! He loves our country and is so proud of our Founding Fathers. I only wish our president showed 1/2 of Mr. Beck's pride in our country. Yes, 1/2 would be better than what we have now. BTW, I know teachers, pilots, friends and neighbors that now feel the EXACT same way! Many of whom voted for Mr. Obama!

    July 21, 2010 at 21:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      Kathy: There is no way you or your husband have a masters degree. no way. Glen Beck is a disgusting human being who should be ashamed of himself. He is mentally unbalanced and a pathological liar. That is the truth. Only the ignorant, uneducated and mentally vulnerable would ever write something like your post. Truly frightening........by the way Obama is doing a far better job than Bush and I'm proud to call him my president.

      July 21, 2010 at 21:26 | Report abuse |
    • SMUM

      Please name the university that awarded your master's degrees, so I ensure that my children don't go there. Education is too expensive these days to go to waste. There is only one problem with your statement...EDUCATED AND INTELLIGENT PEOPLE DO NOT LISTEN TO GLEN BECK.

      July 21, 2010 at 22:33 | Report abuse |
    • LeeVA

      Ignore them Kathy, they've been brainwashed by the liberals if they themselves even attended college. They snorted it up like cocaine, unable, perhaps, to think for themselves at any points in their lives. Can't rationalize anything out, just remember all the progressive crapola they learned in school, the talking points they have rehearsed in their minds for years. And when all else fails, they hurl insults, call people names, say those with whom they disagree are liars. But I tell you this, the truth is, the lies exist within themselves. And the father of all lies is . . . they probably don't know, or maybe they do. I don't plan to tell them, and not tonight at any rate. However, it's not Glenn Beck. LOL.

      July 22, 2010 at 01:05 | Report abuse |
  42. Sam

    While I wouldn't wish blindness on anyone.....this man is a certified nut case. Anyone who does not realize this man is mentally ill should be in the nut house with him. He lives in a warped reality and is a pathlogical liar. Lord help him.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. John Stammos

    I like how some of the liberals are quick to be tree-hugging peace lovers with equality for all... but then wish ill health on someone they disagree with.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. atthev

    Beck's eye disorder....Gee. That is a tough one. Let me take a stab at this one.

    he can only see to the right. The FAR right. Pretty easy huh!

    July 21, 2010 at 21:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Jan

    His eye problem is he can't see anything left!

    July 21, 2010 at 21:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. cnnblwschunks

    There are some sick people on here no wonder CNN is about to go bankrupt.
    Whats the age group 12-18? Now I know why you think democrats are cool


    In 2003, while the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, Frank opposed a Bush administration proposal, in response to accounting scandals, for transferring oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to a new agency that would be created within the Treasury Department. The proposal, supported by the head of Fannie Mae, reflected the administration's belief that Congress "neither has the tools, nor the stature" for adequate oversight. Frank stated, "These two entities...are not facing any kind of financial crisis.... The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."[53] In 2003, Frank also stated what has been called his "famous dice roll":

    Funny 2003! Your all so smart......Beck is Awesome, CNN will be a crusty stain on the pavement in a few years........Better smarten up!

    July 21, 2010 at 21:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dave

      go paint your trailer redneck

      July 21, 2010 at 22:39 | Report abuse |
    • dave

      As i have always believed there is a god,

      July 21, 2010 at 22:55 | Report abuse |
  47. Bravo1

    Couldn't he lose his voice instead of his sight? Now that would be spectacular.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Daniel Xavier Morris

    It isn't a rhetorical question if you ask it in a public manner that begs a response, Einstein. Is he still supporting Goldline (or whichever gold scammer he gets paid to endorse, swindling idiots who can little afford to throw their money away)??? Have you seen who his TV sponsors are? What a self-serving, tool of a cry baby.

    I LOVE AMERICA MORE THAN GLENNN BECKKK!!! It must be true, since I just pause for a moment, sobbed like a toddler with a skinned knee, and typed in CAPS!!! (There's a hint in the extra consonants, too)

    July 21, 2010 at 21:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. PaulC

    The thing that I find most objectionable about Glen Beck is the fact that he was quiet as a mouse during Bush Jrs. reign. When Bush Jr. started an unfunded war of choice based on cooked intel., doubled the deficit, approved torture, passed the first stimulus package to bail out the banks and gave multi-billion dollar no bid contracts to his cronies Beck was not to be heard. Bush Jr. could do no wrong. Now Beck is a ranting fiscal, small gov. evangelist. A skeptical person might get the impression that his outrage is fueled by a very lucrative tv show supported by a rabid base.

    July 21, 2010 at 21:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Will

    The man is an idiot and as long as he keeps stuffing his pockets with your hard earned money your an idiot too...get a grip go to home shopping network and get something else thats way over priced. Isn't HSN selling bullfeathers you don't need..enough. His spew is hatefull. There's no sympathy for this media moron....Hey Glen...lights out ...go home

    July 21, 2010 at 21:25 | Report abuse | Reply
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