"My vision is closing in now," she told The Daily Beast. “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 comedian's revelation comes after the interviewer asked why she openly smoked marijuana in her new documentary Roseanne for President! "It’s good for me for that because I have pressure in my eyes," she said of the drug and her condition. "It’s a good medicine for a lot of things.”
Her particular condition leads to haziness of vision and can result in a blind spot in the center of the vision field. Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that cause nerve damage. Roseanne simply responded, "yeah," when asked if she will ultimately go blind, but has no time frame for when that will happen.
Taking a step away from her well-known Roseanne character, the actress showed up to the Tribeca Film Festival to support her documentary that follows her unsuccessful attempt to become the Green Party's 2012 presidential nominee. She eventually became the nominee for the The Peace and Freedom Party.
This project is just one of a few she's done since her hit show ended in 1997 and she's happy about it. "I like doing small things," she said. “For a number of years in a big box with no windows. I was like Rumpelstiltskin. It’s hard in your '60s [to imagine doing] that much work again. It was boring. I just didn’t want to continue doing that because there are too many sacrifices to continue it.”