Celebrities are our culture’s representatives of perfection. We encounter their beautiful, flawless faces on magazine covers, newspapers and billboards on a daily basis. We may consider them to exist beyond human shortcomings, but celebrities often have to deal with imperfections like poor vision. Some celebrities have embraced this and made their bespectacled look part of their public image, others choose to wear contacts, and some seek out surgery. Here are a few celebrities who have struggled with poor eyesight that you may not have known about.
One of the most stunning and sought after actresses in Hollywood today, Mila Kunis admits her struggle with her eyesight without shame. Plagued by chronic iritis, a disease that affects the iris of the eye, she has experienced much discomfort, a development of two different eye colors, and almost complete blindness in one eye. She and her eye doctors worked together to correct the problem with surgery that effectively saved her sight. She still occasionally wears glasses, but they certainly don’t slow her down, and many would argue she is all the more beautiful when wearing them.
Johnny Depp is arguably one of the most famous actors in Hollywood history—his iconic roles and ageless laid-back nature have made him a household name. Almost as famous as his work is his unique style right down to his round specs. Depp revealed that they’re not merely a style choice, though his signature frames have made him an eyewear icon, but are necessary to help correct the vision impairment he has struggled with since birth. He has even commented on how his near-sighted vision makes it difficult to work on camera when he is unable to wear his glasses, but on the whole his unique eyes have become an integral part of who he is on and off the set.
Nicole Kidman sports a set of one of the most beautiful baby blues the world has ever seen. She also has quite a track record of astounding work as an actress and producer, with dozens of awards under her belt and oceans of admirers looking up to her. She has frequently been seen with her glasses framing her lovely face, in jeans and designer gowns alike, but they are for far more than a fashion statement. Kidman’s vision was so terrible she was considered legally blind. She wore glasses for many years, but more recently worked with her eye doctors to undergo Lasik surgery, which corrected her vision to near perfection.
Pop and country superstar Taylor Swift openly admits to battling with poor eyesight from a very early age, but like any other challenge life throws at her, she embraces it fully. She shares her experiences with her blurry vision and her quirky choices in eyewear with fans and journalists alike. She considers her frames to be a unique addition to her celebrity style, and flaunts them frequently.
Professional athletes are the last tier of celebrities you think of when the idea of poor vision comes to mind. They rely heavily on their physical condition as well as the acuteness of all of their senses, especially their vision. LeBron James will go down in history as one of the most incredible professional basketball players of all time, but what many people don’t know is there was a time in his life when he had difficulty seeing the rim of the basketball hoop. While some basketball players wear uniquely crafted eyewear, James and his eye doctors opted for Lasik surgery. The procedure was successful and now he can see the rim clearer than ever!
Every pair of eyes is unique and beautiful whether they belong to a famous person or your neighbor down the street. People who struggle with poor vision are everywhere you look, even on a movie screen or a concert stage. With so many corrective options available, no one should have to suffer from blurry vision. Talk to an eye doctor like All About Eyes today about what option works best for you.