Bono not try­ing to be cool; he suf­fers from glau­coma

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LONDON — U2 singer Bono says his ever-present sunglasses are not a rock-star af­fec­ta­tion — he has suf­fered from glau­coma for 20 years. The con­di­tion — a buildup of pres­sure that can dam­age the op­tic nerve — can make the eyes sen­si­tive to light. Bono told the BBC’s Gra­ham Nor­ton Show that he had the con­di­tion, but “I have good treat­ments and I am go­ing to be fine.” He said peo­ple would now think of him as “poor old blind Bono.” He also ac­knowl­edged that some peo­ple had been an­noyed when U2’s new al­bum, Songs of In­no­cence, was sent un­so­licited to mil­lions of peo­ple with iTunes ac­counts. In com­ments re­leased Fri­day by the BBC, Bono said, “We wanted to do some­thing fresh, but it seems some peo­ple don’t be­lieve in Fa­ther Christ­mas.”

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