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Mel B health: Signs and symptoms of The Spice Girls eye condition

Mel B, 43, is appearing on ITV’s Pier Morgan’s Life Stories tonight at 9.15pm. The Spice Girls singer, who’s also known as Melanie Brown, will be talking about her life and career. She was recently in hospital after going temporarily blind in her right eye, while her left eye went blurry. Mel B is now taking “heavy duty” prescription eye drops to reduce the inflammation in her eyes.

On Tuesday, Mel B revealed that she was hospitalised with severe iritis in her right eye, as well as uveitis in her left eye.

The condition left her in a lot of pain, and it had never happened before, she wrote on Instagram.

“Thank you so much for all the lovely support and messages I’ve had about my eye,” said Mel B.

“Just so you know the real truth. I had an awful experience last week when I went blind in my right eye and my left eye went blurry.

“I was actually in a lot of pain and very very scared but thanks to the incredible eye specialists in A&E at London’s Moorfields Hospital and after at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, I was diagnosed by an eye specialist with severe IRITIS in my right eye and UVEITIS in my left eye.

“I’m taking multiple prescription heavy duty eye drops and other medication the [doctor] gave me that I have to take every day to keep the inflammation under control.

“Also I’m being so well looked after by Team Spice special thanks to our paramedics too.”

Iritis is inflammation that affects the iris in the eye – the coloured ring around the pupil.

Left untreated, iritis could lead to glaucoma or vision loss. You should see a doctor as soon as possible if you have iritis.

Common iritis symptoms include eye redness, a discomfort in the affected eye, or decreased vision.

It could be caused by an injury to the eye, an infection, or a genetic predisposition.

Meanwhile, uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, which can lead to eye pain and changes to vision.

Common signs of uveitis include blurred or cloudy vision, a sensitivity to light, and a loss of peripheral vision.

The symptoms can develop very quickly, or gradually over a number of days, said the NHS.

Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the warning signs of uveitis or iritis, it urged.

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