Bad luck, as we all know, too often brings along its twin brother. That seems to be the case for Roseanne Barr. The comedian who has spent a powerful career opening people’s eyes to lives around them that were hidden in plain sight is soon going to have trouble seeing for herself. Barr has not one, but two eye conditions that bring on eventual blindness. Roseanne Barr has glaucoma and macular degeneration.
The 63-year-old comedian says she’s “living it up” while she can still see–and smoking some weed to relieve the pressure. (Pressure in they eyes causes glaucoma and pot relieves it to some degree. Barr is on the record as liking other benefits of smoking pot, too.) Neither disease is curable at present, but treatment can delay the progress of both glaucoma and macular degeneration. The National Eye Institute recommends the following four things to lower risk of age-related macular degeneration:
- Avoid smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Eat a healthy diet rich in green, leafy vegetables and fish