22 May 2019

‘Real truth’ behind Mel B’s health scare after she went blind in one eye

Our Clinical Adviser comments on the recent news article in the Metro.

You may have read a recent news article sharing Mel B’s experience briefly losing her sight due to an inflammation of the eye, also known as uveitis (21 May 2019).

Here’s what our Clinical Adviser, Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom, had to say: “Uveitis is a condition that needs prompt treatment. Anyone who has the symptoms of a red, aching or painful eye which is sensitive to light and blurry to see out of should see their optometrist as soon as possible. If they cannot do this they should go to their local eye casualty department. Find out more about uveitis.

If you have any concerns with your eyesight, visit your local optometrist.

Related further reading

This paper describes the common visual problems associated with learning disability in adult patients.

This study reports on an audit carried out in the emergency eye care (EEC) service at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Kathy Oxtoby asks how optometrists can communicate effectively with patients who cannot verbally communicate.