4D Eye Scan detects conditions like Bono's glaucoma

23rd, October 2014

For over two decades, we’ve often wondered why U2’s Bono has worn sunglasses, especially during his in-studio interviews, but this week the musical frontman finally revealed that it has been due to the chronic eye condition, Glaucoma. Bono, 54, revealed on the BBC1 Graham Norton show that he has suffered from the condition for the last 20 years and that it has made his eyes more sensitive to light.

4D Eye Scan at Optique Eye & Ear Care can diagnose eye conditions like U2’s Bono, who has glaucoma, up to five years in advance. 


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For over two decades, we’ve often wondered why U2’s Bono has worn sunglasses, especially during his in-studio interviews, but this week the musical frontman finally revealed that it has been due to the chronic eye condition, Glaucoma.

Bono, 54, revealed on the BBC1 Graham Norton show that he has suffered from the condition for the last 20 years and that it has made his eyes more sensitive to light.

Speaking on the show the U2 star said, “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.”

Glaucoma is caused by a build-up of pressure in the eyeball which can damage the optic nerve and if left untreated can lead to blindness. Early diagnosis can prevent further deterioration of the sight but this is essential as damage to the optic nerve cannot be corrected.

Optician and Director of Optique Eye & Ear Care, Richard Sweeney said, “We’re very aware of the effects glaucoma can have on a person’s sight. Bono is a perfect example of how glaucoma can be managed if detected early enough. The problem is that many people in Ireland are leaving diagnosis too late and unfortunately the damage done to the optic nerve can’t be corrected. It’s essential that glaucoma is detected early to prevent sight deterioration.”

Optique Eye & Ear Care earlier this year became the first Optician in Ireland to introduce the advanced 4D Eye Scan – a detailed eye analysis providing unprecedented insight into the condition of the eye and offering up to five years early diagnosis of serious eye conditions such as glaucoma.

Richard continued, “The 4D eye scanner we introduced at Optique Eye & Ear Care is one of the most advanced instruments available. We can diagnose conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration up to five years in advance. Having Early diagnosis means patients can take action to halt or better manage sight deterioration. This new Gold Standard eye examination far exceeds investigations available at traditional opticians.

The 4D Eye Scan is available at Optique Eye & Ear Care for £55. This also includes a free standard eye test.


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The facts about glaucoma


  • In the UK it is estimated that over 500,000 people have glaucoma but many more people may not know that they have the condition. 
  • Chronic open-angle glaucoma affects up to two in every 100 people over 40 years old and around five in every 100 people over 80 years old.
  • People of black-African or black-Caribbean origin are at an increased risk of developing open-angle glaucoma.
  • Short sightedness (myopia) – people who are short-sighted are more likely to develop chronic open-angle glaucoma
  • Some types of glaucoma, such as acute angle-closure glaucoma, are much less common. However, people of Asian origin are more at risk of getting this type of glaucoma compared with those from other ethnic groups.
  • family history – if you have a close relative, such as a parent, brother or sister who has glaucoma, you are at increased risk of developing the condition yourself
  • medical history – people with diabetes may be at increased risk of developing glaucoma
  • Glaucoma can develop without increased eye pressure. This form of glaucoma is called low-tension or normal-tension glaucoma. It is a type of open-angle glaucoma.
  • There is no cure for glaucoma. Vision lost from the disease cannot be restored. Early diagnosis and management of the condition is the best preventative measure available. 

To book an appointment at Optique Eye & Ear Care, call 028 9066 7030 or email info@optiquecare.com


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