‘I’ve had glaucoma,’ says Bono
U2 frontman Bono has revealed the mystery behind his trademark sunglasses: The Irish rocker has glaucoma.
Bono told British TV chat show host Graham Norton that he had suffered from the condition for two decades, according to a preview clip released on Friday ahead of the latest episode of BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show.”
“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,” Bono told Norton alongside his bandmates as well as American actors Robert Duvall, Robert Downey Jr. and British comedian Stephen Fry.
“You’re not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono,’” the singer joked.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve of the eye, causing deterioration over time. In some cases, it can result in blindness.
Bono, 54, is known for almost always wearing shaded glasses in public, even indoors. When asked about them in the past, he often stated that his eyes are sensitive to light.
Bono on Friday again apologized for the mass, automatic iTunes download last month of U2’s latest album “Songs of Innocence,” which prompted complaints from thousands of users who did not want the album or who complained it took up storage space.
The download was given free to an estimated 500 million iTunes accounts in conjunction with the launch of new Apple iPhones.