We thank celebrities like Bono lead singer for the Irish band U2 for talking about his eye disease. By him talking about his Glaucoma it brings needed awareness to this disease. Glaucoma will damage the optic nerve and the patient will slowly lose their peripheral (side) vision. Straight-ahead (central) vision can decrease until no vision remains if still left untreated.- MDA

By Lizette Borreli

The front man for Irish rock band U2, Paul David Hewson, best known as Bono, is identified by his signature trademark: his tinted sunglasses. The U2 singer wants the world to know he’s not an aloof rock star who wears shades indoors just because — he wears them to protect his eyes from glaucoma. The 54-year-old revealed on The Graham Norton on BBC One, he’s had glaucoma for 20 years and now is the time to tell his fans about the eye disease.

Bono revealed the mystery behind his shades when host Graham Norton started teasing the band about their accessories. “You didn’t wear sunglasses, and then when you found them, you were like ‘I love sunglasses,’” Norton said as the crowd laughed. “Do you ever take them off?”

“This is a good place to explain to people,” Bono said. “I have had glaucoma for the last 20 years.” However, the U2 front man emphasized, “I have good treatments, and I am going to be fine.”

Sunglasses are commonly used by glaucoma patients as an easy solution to dealing with light and glare while outdoors. The debilitating eye disease can make eyes highly sensitive to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, making it critical for patients to seek protection from the sun. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, long-term exposure to UV rays can damage the eye’s surface as well as its internal structures, and can sometimes even contribute to cataracts, the clouding of the lens, and macular degeneration, the breakdown of the macula.

Although glaucoma can result in vision loss and blindness due to damage of the eye’s optic nerve, with early detection and treatment, like Bono, patients can protect their eyes against serious vision loss. Without treatment, people with glaucoma will slowly lose their peripheral (side) vision and miss objects to the side or out of the corner of their eye. Straight-ahead (central) vision can decrease until no vision remains if still left untreated….

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Source: Medical Daily

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