The traveling chefs are returning to our screens this evening in a northern adventure BBC One that starts in Lancashire. Their shows, which have a mix of food, good humor and an amazing backdrop, were completely questioned as Dave went to his local optician for a checkup. The symptoms to confuse a hangover, Dave was completely surprised when he was diagnosed with glaucoma.
The first symptoms that occur with the condition include blurred vision or seeing rainbow colored circles around bright lights.
This is caused by fluid buildup in the front of the eye which increases the pressure in the eye.
Occasionally, glaucoma may develop suddenly and cause more disturbing symptoms, including:
Intense Aen Peng
Nausea and vomiting
E rout Aen
Tenderness around the eyes
See rings around lights
If the condition is not treated early, it can lead to vision loss. Dave experienced this first hand. He continued: “I was devastated. If it had not been seen so early, the result would have been catastrophic.
“As a chef, my sense of taste and smell is extremely important. But of all the senses, the sight is the one I am afraid of losing the most.
“My job is my passion so it’s impossible to imagine doing all the things I would have loved if I had not seen – riding a bike, reading in a car or preparing dishes.”
Mayo Clinc explains that even with treatment, about 15 percent of people with glaucoma and at least one eye become blind within 20 years.
At first, the 64-year-old feared that the condition would put a stop to his career, but with an annual check-up at the hospital and a visit to the optician every other year, the star is able to cope and live with the condition.
Although all conditions have similar symptoms, acute angle-closure glaucoma can increase the pressure in the eye extremely quickly. If you experience symptoms such as headaches, eye pain and blurred vision you should seek medical advice.
Although treatment can never completely restore lost vision, it can worsen the condition.
Depending on the type of glaucoma the individual has, the treatment will involve a mixture of eye drops, laser treatment or surgery.
Dave says he simply “puts a drip in every eye last thing in the night” to reduce the pressure in your eyes.