‘I’ve had glau­coma,’ says Bono

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U2 front­man Bono has re­vealed the mys­tery be­hind his trade­mark sunglasses: The Ir­ish rocker has glau­coma.

Bono told Bri­tishTV 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.

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