Spice girl Melania Brown aka Mel B is opening up about a super scary health scare she had last week that caused her to go blind. The former singer and TV show host was taken to hospital last week and feared she had gone blind.
In a new Instagram post shared Tuesday morning, the 43-year-old mother of three revealed that she has been diagnosed with inflammation in her both eyes which forced her to wear an eye patch.
Speculation about what caused Mel’s vision issues has been swirling since her hospital dash, with the singer choosing to set the record straight on her Instagram page.
“Thank you so much for all the lovely support and messages I’ve had about my eye. She went on to tell the “real truth” about what truly happened to her eye. I had an awful experience last week when I went blind in my right eye and my left eye went blurry.
Even though the stupid press said I’m ok and this has happened to me many times before, just to be clear I was NOT ok and this has NEVER EVER happened to me before so who ever is selling this story ‘a close reliable source’ is full of BS and needs to get there silly facts right big time.”
She added she was “actually in a lot of pain and very very scared” and thanked the doctors who treated her.
“I was actually in a lot of pain and very very scared but thanks to the incredible eye specialists in A&E at London’s Moorfields Hospital and after at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital I was diagnosed by an eye specialist with severe IRITIS in my right eye and UVEITIS in my left eye.”
Mel added that she’s taking multiple prescription heavy duty eye drops and other medication to keep the inflammation under control, but the issue won’t be resolved for the next three to four months.
”I’m taking multiple prescription heavy duty eye drops and other medication the doctor gave me that I have to take every day to keep the inflammation under control. Also I’m being so well looked after by Team Spice special thanks to our paramedics too!!
I’m still dealing with it and will be fit the next 3/4 months to fully get it under control but I’m no longer worried that my condition will get worse.See Also
My only problem now is I have to find a very cool Scary eye patch. Does anyone – apart from Madonna – know where I can get one ??”
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the eyeball, called the uvea. And Mel B was spot-on with her symptoms, which can develop suddenly and usually cause blurriness, floaters, and light sensitivity.
Though doctors aren’t always sure what causes the inflammation, it’s tied to smoking, infections like herpes, syphilis, Lyme, and singles, and autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Iritis is a condition which refers to inflammation of the iris, the coloured part of the eye. Uveitis is inflammation related to the uvea, which is made up of the iris, the muscle around it and the tissue which supports the retina.
Although uvetis is not common, it’s the leading cause of visual impairment in the UK.