This morning, Melanie “Mel B” Brown set the record straight on the eye condition she suffered which rendered her temporarily blind.
In response to rumors that she was doing fine following a herpes-related eye infection that she’d had in the past, Mel B took to Instagram to clarify that the press had got it all wrong. “Thank you so much for all the lovely support and messages I’ve had about my eye,” the former Spice Girl captioned a photo of herself wearing an eye patch. “Just so you know the real truth. 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 every is selling this story “a close reliable source” is full of BS and needs to get there [sp] silly facts right big time.”
She goes on to say that her eye condition was a lot more serious than originally reported, but she’s currently being treated. “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 and eye specialist with severe IRITIS in my right eye and UVEITIS in my left eye. I’m taking multiple prescription heavy duty eye drops and other medication the dr 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!!im still dealing with it and will be fir the next 3/4 months to fully get it under control but I’m no longer worried that my condition will get worse. My only problem now is I have to find a very cool Scary eye patch.”
According to Mayo Clinic, uveitis is a form of eye inflammation that “affects the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall (uvea).” It is a highly serious condition that can cause permanent vision loss if not treated quickly. Iritis is inflammation that “affects the colored ring around your eye’s pupil (iris).” Symptoms include redness, increased sensitivity to light and decreased vision. Having a weakened immune system or an autoimmune disorder can put a person at risk for this condition, among other factors.
We’re wishing Mel a speedy recovery!