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James Corden Reveals Why He Needed Emergency Eye Surgery

James Corden Reveals Why He Needed Emergency Eye Surgery

Last month, James Corden underwent eye surgery and had to postpone some of his virtual Late Late Shows.

Now, he’s explaining to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show what happened to his eye, and why he was awake during it.

James explained that in 2012, he had an eye injury that seemed to heal.

“And then, for some reason, about a year ago, it flared up again, this little sort of scratch on my eyeball, so I’ve been seeing doctors a lot,” he continued. “A few weeks ago, three weeks ago or something like that, I woke up and I couldn’t open my eye, which meant I couldn’t open either of my eyes. It just hurt.”

“The doctor I’ve been speaking with, he said, ‘Look, I think we have to sort this out. I think this has been happening too many times,’” he added. “He took one look at my eye, and he said, ‘We’re gonna operate on it now.’ And I said, ‘But I’ve got a show at 5 p.m.’ And he said, ‘No, you don’t.’ He said, ‘You don’t have a show ‘til the earliest next week. You’ve got to do this right now.’”

“So right there and then, which I was quite grateful ‘cause I didn’t have time to dread it, they just did it. And it’s the strangest thing ‘cause you’re awake, but it’s numb, so you can’t feel anything. But all the time I just kept going, ‘Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God.’ And that was it. So, hopefully, touch wood, it’s better, but we’ll see,” James added.

“They clamp your eye open like ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ and then you can see what they’re doing, but you can’t feel it because it’s numb,” James concluded.

Find out what James recently did for his staff amid the pandemic.

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