Roseanne Barr Reveals She's Going Blind

Roseanne Barr Tribeca - H 2015
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Roseanne Barr Tribeca - H 2015

The actress has macular degeneration and glaucoma and says smoking marijuana helps alleviate her pain.

Roseanne Barr has revealed that she is slowly going blind.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Barr said she suffers from macular degeneration and glaucoma and told the website, "My vision is closing in now." The comedic actress said smoking marijuana is "good medicine" for relieving the pressure in her eyes.

"It’s something weird. But there are other weird things. That one’s harsh, ’cause I read a lot, and then I thought, ‘Well, I guess I could hire somebody to read for me and read to me.’ But I like words and I like looking. You do what you have to do. I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible — y’know, living it up. My dad had it, too," the actress said.

Barr also defended her use of pot, saying, "It’s expansive. It opens your mind" and "It makes you wonder. It doesn’t close that down."

Doctors have not given Barr a definitive timeline on when she can expect to lose all vision.

The actress attended the Tribeca Film Festival in support of her documentary Roseanne for President! Directed by Eric Weinrib, the film follows Barr in her unsuccessful attempt to become the Green Party's 2012 presidential nominee. The Peace and Freedom Party eventually made Barr its nominee.