Claudia Winkleman ‘banged into walls’ with health issue that led to operations

Claudia Winkleman discusses her eyesight with Elizabeth Day

Claudia Winkleman has opened up about previously going under the knife to correct her sight.

The Traitors host recently revealed that she has had a “couple of operations” due to being born with “terrible eyesight”.

Speaking on Elizabeth Day’s longstanding How To Fail podcast on November 1, Claudia, 51, revealed why she likes life to be “blurry”.

She began by telling the 45-year-old host: “I’ve always had terrible eyesight. Which is going back to the blurriness of the paintings I like and the blurriness of how I really like life to be.

“Which is no overhead lights – the 17th century is where I would have absolutely smashed it,” the Strictly Come Dancing presenter joked.

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Discussing her life-long vision impairment, Claudia revealed: “I was born with -15 so I’ve never really been able to see my face. It’s all guesswork.”

In response, Elizabeth questioned whether the star often needed to wear “heavy-duty contact lenses”.

The mother-of-three revealed she had undergone a “couple of operations”.

She admitted: “I was just banging into walls but now I wear lenses or glasses or whatever.

“But I can’t – everything is ‘ish’. It’s just a vague idea which is how I like to live.”

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Following the admittance of her -15 short-sight prescription, consultant Dr Samer Hamada has had his say.

Speaking to, the practitioner said: “In the UK severe myopia like Claudia’s with -15 is relatively uncommon but its prevalence is gradually increasing, particularly among younger generations.

“About 30 per cent of the world is currently myopic and that is expected to rise to 50 per cent (approximately five billion people) by 2050.

“Those with high myopia are around 277 million (two to five per cent of the population). By 2050 that is projected to reach 10 per cent of the population, or around one billion people.”

He added that “changes in modern lifestyle” can be blamed for the increase of myopia and claimed that spending less time outdoors can “reduce exposure to natural light”.

Dr Hamada said – as reported by WalesOnline – that spending time in sunlight is “believed to protect against myopia progress”.

He added that Claudia opening up about her poor vision serves as a “compelling reminder to prioritise your eye health”.

He added: “It is now possible to halt or reduce the progression of myopia in children from the time it is diagnosed.”

According to Mayo Clinic, myopia – more commonly known as nearsightedness – is a common vision condition in which near objects appear clear, but objects farther away look blurry.

Symptoms can include the need to squint or close the eyelids to see clearly, headaches and eyestrain.

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