While on tour in his back in the 1980s, Kirk Pengilly started seeing “halos” around bright lights, the Daily Telegraph reports.
He figured it was just conjunctivitis — or one too many beers.
But then he woke up in Darwin after the last show of INXS’s 1985 tour in “severe, agonising pain” — like “someone sicking a knife in my eyes and twisting it around.”
He was rushed back to Sydney and was diagnosed with acute angle glaucoma.
Despite “practically being born with glasses”, Pengilly said the sudden diagnosis came as a big shock.
Laser surgery saved his vision, and ever since then he’s been on a mission to convince people to get their eyes checked regularly.
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