Dave Myers has said that he was ‘utterly flabbergasted’ when what he thought was a bad hangover turned out to be a problem with his eyes.
The 64-year-old TV chef, who is one half of the popular Hairy Bikers with Si King, said that he mistook the symptoms to be a hangover before being referred to an optician.
Dave admitted that he had quite a night of drinking before going to an optician the next morning, which led to him needing a hospital appointment with the suspicions of having glaucoma.
Speaking to The Mirror previously, Dave said that he couldn’t believe that would be what is wrong with him.
He said that he told the optician: “‘I don’t think so. I had a bit of a night last night. So I’ve probably just got a bad hangover.’
“But she took no notice and referred me to my GP who made a hospital appointment. And she’d been right.
“The first symptoms of glaucoma were setting in.”
Glaucoma is described by the NHS as a common condition where the optic nerve which connects the brain becomes damaged.
The first symptoms of the condition include blurred vision or seeing rainbow coloured circles around bright lights.
If the condition is not treated early then it can lead to sight loss.
Dave said about the diagnosis: “I was devastated. If it hadn’t been spotted so early the result could have been catastrophic.
“As a chef my sense of taste and smell are extremely important. But of all the senses, sight is the one I’d fear losing most.
“My work is my passion so it’s impossible to imagine doing all the things I love if I couldn’t see – riding my bike, reading an autocue or preparing dishes.”
Even with treatment, about 15 percent of people with glaucoma can become blind in at least one eye within 20 years.
Dave feared it would bring his career to an end but with annual eye checks at the hospital and visits to the opticians, he has been able to keep on top of the condition and live with the effects it has.
He urged others to get checked out as well: “It doesn’t hurt and it just might – as it did for me – save you from potential blindness.”
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