Savannah Guthrie Gives Update on Her Vision Following Serious Eye Injury
By Leena Tailor
Savannah Guthrie has updated viewers on her vision issues following an eye injury that forced her to take a few days off.
The 47-year-old Today show co-host was playing with her 2-year-old son, Charley, when he threw a toy train at her, resulting in a torn retina.
“I lost my vision in my right eye about 24 hours later, and then it turned out to be kind of serious. They were afraid my retina was detached,” she explained to her co-hosts following the incident. “It was so blurry from -- not to get too gross -- but there was so much blood inside the eye that it completely blocked my vision."
On Monday, Guthrie was back on-air and filled viewers in on how she was doing, having undergone around five laser treatments to help heal her retina.
“It’s weird because the vision doesn’t have a lot do with the injury, but the vision is getting better every day, but it’s still blurry," she shared. "Right now, it’s like having one contact out. When it first started though, it was a complete blur. I couldn’t see anything.”
.@savannahguthrie was out for a few days last week after she was accidentally hit in the eye with the sharp end of a toy train.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Annie Negrin then explained how delicate the retina is and why Guthrie had undergone several laser treatments.
“The eye jiggles and the retina is like saran wrap, so when you get hit, saran wrap very easily can tear or get a hole in it and that’s not a good thing,” she said. “If you have a small enough tear, [laser] can weld down the outside of the tear to prevent more fluid getting underneath it and more of the retina detaching.”
“Maybe stay away from your son’s trucks for a while!” Dr. Negrin added.
Despite the setback, Guthrie was determined not to miss fronting NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday and powered through with the help of co-host Hoda Kotb.