In a recent interview with BBC1, U2 frontman Bono revealed that he wears his iconic shades because his eyes are particularly sensitive to light. He has a chronic eye condition called glaucoma.
The 54-year-old singer has dealt with glaucoma –– a build-up of pressure in the eyeball, which can damage the optic nerve and lead to blindness if untreated –– for around two decades.
The Guardian has more:
Speaking on BBC1's Graham Norton show, the U2 frontman explained that for the past 20 years he has had glaucoma, a condition that can make eyes more sensitive to light.
Asked by Norton whether he ever removes his shades, 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."
And to think we thought it was a fashion statement!
To learn more about glaucoma, the NIH has a very useful fact sheet.
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