What if one day, your one eye will suddenly lose vision? Like out of nowhere, you had just gotten blind — as expected, you will go frantic and may probably scream at the top of your lungs.
Although you feel this may sound too unreal, Mel B recently had a malady the same as the mentioned situation. Hate to break it to you but Scary Spice probably had the scariest health scare she could have ever imagined.
Terrifying Experience for Scary Spice
Before coming out with the truth, rumors that Mel has become blind in one eye spread like wildfire, causing concern among the fans.
Other contradicting reports, meanwhile, insisted that the singer was doing good and that this was nothing to be alarmed of because it has happened in the past. Thankfully, the 44-year-old broke her silence through a lengthy post that shuts down the speculations.
Just by the picture that she uploaded, you can already tell that hearsays about her eye were somehow true because the right one was covered with a bandage. But the caption was what really narrated what happened — apparently, Mel had just had a terrible experience wherein her right eye lost sight and vision on the left got blurry.
She called out those who were spreading the lies and said that the opposite of what was reported was actually the truth, that this was the first time this had happened to her and that she was certainly not fine because she was in pain at the time.
The former Spice Girls member revealed that her right peeper suffered from iritis and the left from uveitis. As a result, Mel was given a couple of medication and “heavy duty” eye drops to keep the inflammation at bay.
Although the performer had let out a breath of relief because the condition won’t get any worse, she will still have to face the problem for three to four months.
Iritis and Uveitis
For sure, it is extremely terrifying and scary if you’re the one experiencing the problem. But what exactly happened to Mel? According to The Ohio State University clinical optometry professor Aaron Zimmerman, iritis is the inflammation of the iris, hence the name.
Iris is the colored portion of your eyes, specifically the ring around the pupil. Uveitis, meanwhile, is an umbrella term used to refer to the diseases that damage the eye tissues and cause swelling of the eyes.
Causes and Symptoms
As per Mayo Clinic, the causes or iritis is still unknown but may be brought about by post-surgery, trauma to the eye, and many others. In the case of Mel, both her eyes had the disease which means it may likely be caused by an autoimmune disease, the expert explained.
Although the situation sounds scary, it is totally treatable but bear in mind that at the onset of the symptoms, you must immediately get your eyes checked.
Symptoms include blurry vision, floaters in their sight, sensitivity to light, and pain to the eyes, the National Eye Institute explained. It can happen to anyone from 20 to 60 years old but those prone are those that have an autoimmune disease, are smokers, and those with the HLA-B27 genetic altercation.