U2 singer has had glaucoma for two decades
Only two kinds of people wear sunglasses indoors: blind people and a*******. Most people are as likely to put U2 frontman Bono Vox (born Paul David Hewson in 1960) in the former category as in the latter – sometimes simultaneously. For example, the band’s latest and well-publicized iTunes stunt à propos of new album Songs of Innocence was not only shortsighted but it annoyed tons people – probably even fans. In any case, Bono doesn’t wear sunglasses all the time because he has been staring at the sun too long in a city of blinding lights, nor does he take fashion advice from Corey Hart.
As it turns out, the Irish songsmith has glaucoma, a condition he has experienced for the past 20 years, as he recently revealed in the Graham Norton show. The singer added that his vision was perfect but he noted that cloudiness and rings accompanied objects and lights – a symptom of glaucoma. The condition can cause blindness, but Bono is not about to join Stevie Wonder or Jose Feliciano as a sightless crooner. “I have good treatments, and I am going to be fine,” he explained. “You're not going to get this out of your head now, and you will be saying, 'Ah, poor old blind Bono.'”
Glaucoma is an umbrella term for several eye conditions usually caused by pressure inside the eye and that lead to optic nerve damage. Symptoms include gradual loss of peripheral vision and tunnel vision (primary open-angle glaucoma), and eye pain, nausea and vomiting, blurry vision, halos around lights, and eye redness (acute angle-closure glaucoma). Reddening of the eye can be treated with eye drops, but in the case of glaucoma a doctor may prescribe very specific types of eye drops, often containing prostaglandins, beta blockers, alpha-adrenergic agonists, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, miotic or cholinergic agents, or a combination (beta blocker and alpha adrenergic agonist or carbonic anhydrase inhibitor).