After years of Bono’s trademark eyewear being a part of his rocker image, the U2 frontman unveils the mystery behind the sunglasses.
The Irish rocker revealed during Graham Norton’s British TV chat show that he has had glaucoma for the last 20 years and his chronic ocular condition is the reason why he has always worn sunglasses everywhere, both indoors and out, to shade his eyes.
Glaucoma makes a sufferer’s eyes highly sensitive to light. Its disorders result in optic nerve damage caused by a build-up of an intraocular pressure in the eyeball which damages vision and can lead to blindness if not treated.
Bono’s collection of ever-present eyewear has thus never been a matter of fashion or image, but a functional protection for his eyes from light.
“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 during the show.
The Irish singer went on jokingly saying: “You’re not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying, ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono’.”
U2 are currently promoting their new album ‘Songs of Innocence’ which was released this week after previously being made available to over 500 million iTunes costumers after the new iPhone 6 launch.
The move prompted complaints, consternation and an unenthusiastic response from users as it was was automatically made part of their collections and downloaded without their permission.
Apple afterwards created a new removal web portal to let iTunes costumers easily delete U2’s tracks from their iTunes music library and the rock band apologised.