Bono reveals he always wears sunglasses because of glaucoma
U2 frontman reveals he has suffered from condition for around two decades, prompting ever-present dark glasses.
The star said he has had the condition – a build-up of pressure in the eyeball, which can damage the optic nerve and lead to blindness if not treated – for around two decades.
Many had assumed his ever-present sunglasses – even indoors – were a rock star affectation, but he explained during a recording of the Graham Norton Show for BBC One that they are to help with his vision problem.
Glaucoma can make the eyes more sensitive to light, causing sufferers to use dark glasses to alleviate difficulties.
Presenter Norton asked whether or not the singer ever removes his shades, to which 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.”
He added: “You’re not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono’.”