You may have something in common with U2’s lead singer Bono, and unfortunately, it’s not his band’s hit singles, his knighthood, or his worldwide charity work. Bono’s been in the news for health reasons the last few months. This winter he broke his arm bicycling around New York, but he also recently revealed the reason behind his iconic tinted shades: he’s suffered from glaucoma for the last 20 years:
U2 frontman Bono revealed in an interview with BBC-1 that his trademark sunglasses are not a rock star fashion statement.
The Irish rocker says he has had glaucoma for the past 20 years, making his eyes sensitive to light.
Asked by BBC’s Graham Norton whether he ever removes his sunglasses, Bono replied: “This is a good place to explain to people that I’ve had glaucoma for the last 20 years. I have good treatments and I am going to be fine.”
The 54-year-old singer added, “You’re not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying, ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono.’”
Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness, according to the National Eye Institute.
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