“As a chef my sense of taste and smell are extremely important. But of all the senses, sight is the one I’d fear losing most,” Dave explained after worrying that the condition could affect his career as a TV chef.
“My work is my passion so it’s impossible to imagine doing all the things I love if I couldn’t see – riding my bike, reading an autocue or preparing dishes.”
Luckily for Dave, after receiving treatment he suffered no long-term side effects, but now has an annual eye check-up. For others, the outlook is not so positive.
According to The Mayo Clinic, around 15 percent of people with glaucoma can go blind in at least one eye within 20 years of being diagnosed.