Mary Tyler Moore reportedly nearly blind from diabetes

05/22/2014 3:47 PM

Friends say that iconic TV star Mary Tyler Moore’s long battle with diabetes has left her nearly blind, according to Closer Weekly.

“Her eyesight is what the big problem is right now,” Betty White, Moore’s co-star on the “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” tells the magazine.

Moore, 77, “is almost beyond the point (of being able to see),” said White.

Moore, who has been largely out of the spotlight since April 2013, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 33. The magazine reports that the illness forces Moore to stay close to home, where she stays connected to friends through phone calls.

“I don’t see her often, but I talk to her a bunch,” Dick Van Dyke, who played her husband on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” told Closer. “She hasn’t been too well. She’s really having a battle with it, I’m sorry to say.”

New York Post’s Page Six reports that Moore has struggled with her vision for years. In 1997 she pulled out of hosting the Directors Guild of America awards show in New York at the last minute because she had gone “temporarily blind.”

In 2011, Moore’s spokesman told London’s Daily Mail that Moore had undergone surgery to remove a benign tumor of the lining tissue of her brain. Her mobility has reportedly declined and she’s suffered heart and kidney problems over the last two years.

Valerie Harper, who played Moore’s best friend Rhoda on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” told Closer that diabetes “does ravage her body, but she stays healthy.”

Said another friend: “Mary is not a woe-is-me woman. She has her bad days emotionally, but she just tries to find enjoyment in each and every day.”

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