Brian May thanks fans for support following eye operation
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Queen legend Brian May, 73, has given his 2.8 million Instagram followers a candid insight into his recovery after undergoing eye surgery. The guitarist revealed he was left panicking and feeling “palpably depressed” after it took a while for him to notice the results of his operation.
Brian shared a video of himself zooming his camera in on his eye, which had been operated on last week.
Alongside the clip, he played The Who’s song I Can See For Miles.
He penned in the caption: “Well, I’m not gonna tell you it was all a doddle.
“I felt pretty rough the last couple of days. Not sure why, but I got palpably depressed – a kind of slow panic.
“I did learn that you have to be patient in these things.
“When the patch first came off my vision in that eye was very milky, but in about 12 hours that cleared quite a lot.”
Despite his progress, Brian said he was left feeling disappointed as he could only see with “a really short focus”.
He added: “But then, as I began the see proper images, the treated eye showed a really short focus – so suddenly I could read a newspaper with it up close.
“Interesting, but not what I wanted, because everything beyond about 6 feet away was blurry – because of course these replacement lenses do NOT ‘accommodate’ – they are rigid plastic, so your eye muscles can’t make them vary the focal length to bring an image into focus, like we can do when we are young.
“You’re stuck with ONE position of focus. And I needed that one place to be close to infinity, so my eyes would once again be matched up.
“Well, I was too impatient, getting anxious about that – because today the focus point is much closer to infinity – and I had a great moment of joy when I realised I could see very distant sunlit trees sharply with both eyes and without any glasses.”
Brian went on to explain how his recovery made him think of The Who’s track.
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He continued: “So I thought of The WHO !!! Love the Who. Stupendous inspiration for me.
“Thanks for all your encouraging messages – they mean a lot.
“OK – now to get back to some astro stereo picture making. Cheers all. Bri,” he concluded.
Fans took to the comments section of Brian’s post to share their thoughts.
One person wrote: “So glad everything turned out okay. I can imagine the panic you went through, but luckily all is well now. Can’t wait to see more amazing astro stereos from you.”
Another added: “Bri, so glad your eye is getting better! Baby steps! It’s working.”
A third fan commented: “Brian, it’s great to see your getting there, I hope it’s all ok in the end. Thanks for the update. Take care.”
Brian previously spoke out on his health after he suffered a minor heart attack in May 2020.
Speaking on the Rock This with Allison Hagendorf podcast, the rocker said: “I’m great now, I took the rehab incredibly serious.
“I got gold stars from my cardio rehab trainer, the other day. So I’m good, I think I’m fitter than ever because I take it a lot more seriously now.”
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