Brian May has revealed he recently underwent surgery, assuring fans he is “in good hands.”
Posting a photo of himself before and after his surgery, May, 73, explained he had surgery on his left eye to improve his sight.
“One Vision!” the Queen guitarist wrote, alongside a selfie of him in a protective face mask and hospital gown, with an arrow drawn above one eye.
“All prepped and waiting … for a little bit of eye surgery,” he continued. “I’m in good hands. No need to worry. All in a day’s work … it should really improve my focus – AND my stereoscopic vision.”
The musician later updated his post, after realising the arrow in the picture was above his right eye rather than the left.
“‘Actually it should look like this. It’s the LEFT eye that’s marked for treatment,” he corrected himself. “A straight selfie (unless hooked up directly to a live IG or similar) doesn’t laterally invert your face – but a mirror does.”
“Funny … why do I instinctively prefer the raw mirror image – with my face reversed left to right?” he asked. “I guess we are all so accustomed to seeing our faces in the mirror that we get used to it. Maybe that’s why most of us hate most photographs of ourselves !!! Cheers ! Bri.”
Posting again after the surgery, he assured fans he “didn’t feel a thing,” with many expressing their relief that he was OK.
“It was all done with local anaesthetic and a tiny bit of sedation,” he wrote, adding he was conscious the whole time and “fascinated” by the “amazing” procedure, which took around 20 minutes.
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“The patch stays on until tomorrow morning. It’s an iPatch,” he explained. “So obviously I’ll soon have to take it off and put it back on again.”
“Big thanks to my eye surgeon the brilliant Robin Hamilton, and my anaesthetist Con, and all the lovely folks at the London Clinic who have taken care of me so kindly,” he concluded the post.
The 73-year-old had several health scares in 2020, including a heart attack and a stomach haemorrhage, although he thinks he possibly contracted COVID-19 which sparked the heart attack.
“I think it’s possible that I had the COVID virus early on in the tour of Korea, Japan and Australia in January [of 2020],” he told The Express. “[I] got through it, but it’s thickened the blood, which apparently it does, and that could have been the trigger that gave me the heart attack.”
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