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Bono finally explains the sunglasses: U2 singer says he has glaucoma

Corey Hart may have worn his sunglasses at night in his 1984 hit, but you've no doubt noticed that Bono wears his all the time. In a new interview, the U2 frontman reveals that the shades have helped him cope with glaucoma for the past 20 years.Bono, 54, made the admission to Graham Norton on his BBC1 talk show when asked whether he ever removes his trademark eyewear. The fact is, the Irish rocker

Corey Hart may have worn his sunglasses at night in his 1984 hit, but you've no doubt noticed that Bono wears his all the time. In a new interview, the U2 frontman reveals that the shades have helped him cope with glaucoma for the past 20 years.

Bono, 54, made the admission to Graham Norton on his BBC1 talk show when asked whether he ever removes his trademark eyewear. The fact is, the Irish rocker hasn't just been dressing for the part, he's been dealing with a sensitivity to light. 

Bono attends the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on June 21.Richard Bord / Today

"This is a good place to explain to people that I’ve had glaucoma for the last 20 years," Bono said, according to The Guardian. "I have good treatments and I am going to be fine."

The singer then added, "You’re not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying, ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono.'" (Actually, everyone is probably too distracted trying to get his band's free album out of their iTunes).

"I just think they're cool," Robert Downey Jr., another guest on Norton's show, chimed in. "And I think Bono looks kill in them."

Glaucoma is a chronic eye condition in which pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision loss and blindness.

On stage, in front of world leaders, on the cover of Time magazine and anywhere else he has been photographed over the decades, Bono is always shading his eyes behind varying styles of sunglasses. Take a closer look at his unforgettable style.

Bono and U2 perform at the Veltins Arena in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen on Aug. 3, 2009.Clemens Bilan / Today
Bono appears during a taping of "Larry King Live" marking World AIDS Day on Nov. 19, 2002.Rose M. Prouser / Today
Bono and his U2 bandmates accept their Grammy for "Vertigo" at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, 2005.Kevork Kdjansezian / Today
Bono kisses Coretta Scott King, widow of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at a news conference on Jan. 17, 2004.W.A. Harewood / Today
Time magazine's annual Persons of the Year issue features Bill Gates, Bono and Melinda Gates on Dec. 26, 2005.Gregory Heisler / Today
Bono and former Vice President Al Gore listen at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Sept. 2008.Stan Honda / Today
President-elect Barack Obama shakes hands with Shakira and Marisa Tomei, Bono and The Edge in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18, 2009.Chip Somodevilla / Today
Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets the crowd with Bono and U2 during an Apple special event in Cupertino, California, on Sept. 19.Justin Sullivan / Today
Bono waves as he arrives at the Cipriani Hotel in Venice, Italy, for George Clooney's wedding on Sept. 27.Alessandro di Meo / Today

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