The traveling chefs return to our screens tonight on a Nordic adventure on BBC One that kicks off in Lancashire. Their shows which feature a mix of food, good humor and stunning scenery were called into question when Dave went to his local optician for an exam. Confusing the symptoms with a hangover, Dave was completely flabbergasted when he was diagnosed with glaucoma.
This is caused by the buildup of fluid in the front part of the eye, which increases the pressure inside the eye.
Sometimes glaucoma can develop suddenly and cause more worrying symptoms, including:
- Severe eye pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- A night flight
- A headache
- Tenderness around the eyes
- See rings around the lights
- Blurred vision.
If the disease is not treated early, it can lead to loss of sight. Dave experienced this firsthand. He continued to say, “I was devastated. If he hadn’t been spotted so early, the result could have been catastrophic.
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“My job is my passion, so it’s impossible to imagine doing all the things I love if I couldn’t see – riding a bike, reading an autocue or cooking food. “
The Mayo Clinc explains that even with treatment, about 15 percent of people with glaucoma become blind in at least one eye in 20 years.
Initially, the 64-year-old feared the disease could put a damper on his career, but with an annual eye exam in the hospital and an optician visit every two years, the star is able to manage and to live with the disease.
Although treatment can never fully restore the lost sight, it can prevent the condition from worsening.
Depending on the type of glaucoma the person has, treatment will involve a mixture of eye drops, laser treatment, or surgery.
Dave says he “just put one drop in each eye last night” to reduce the pressure in your eyes.