One can hardly think of Bono, lead singer of U2, without thinking of his iconic orange or violet sunglasses. I can’t remember seeing an image of Bono without his cool sunglasses. Ultra trendy wraparound sunglasses have become Bono’s signature accessory, although he’s worn sunglasses primarily for eye-health reasons.
It turns out Bono has Glaucoma.
“I have glaucoma,” he told British talk show host Graham Norton in November 2014. It appears he’s had it for two decades.
Bono confessed that he noticed his eyes were always red, his vision was becoming blurry and he saw halos around lights. And these symptoms were not being caused by drug use, mind you.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a comprehensive eye exam for all adults starting at age 40, and every three to five years after that. There are many causes of glaucoma. Among them an ocular drainage system that doesn’t work properly causing pressure to build in the eye, sensitive optic nerves and a less-than-adequate blood supply to the optic nerve.
- The most common symptoms of glaucoma include:
- Loss of peripheral vision (aka tunnel vision)
- Severe eye pain
- Blurred vision
- Eye pain is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting
- Glow or halo around light sources
- Red eyes
- Sudden, unexpected vision problems, especially in poor lighting
Prevention and early detection are crucial because damage to eyesight caused by glaucoma is irreversible. Glaucoma cannot be completely cured. However, treatment can considerably slow down its progression and prevent greater loss of sight. Glaucoma can be prevented. Everyone over 35 should be tested regularly. People at higher risk of glaucoma include people of African descent, people with diabetes, and people with a family history of glaucoma.
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Protect Your Eyes
Wearing polarized and 100% UVA/UVB sunglasses is extremely important as well as wearing safety glasses for sports, hobbies and home repairs.
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