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Bradley Walsh set to have operation on his eyes as he addresses secret health struggle

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Bradley Walsh has revealed he is due to have an operation amid his secret health battle with blepharitis. 

The Chase presenter, 61, explained he ‘really struggles’ with the condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids and has been told he’ll need surgery to treat it. 

Addressing his health on This Morning, Bradley explained that he is currently on medication because of the condition and takes a pill everyday to subside symptoms.

Secret health struggle: Bradley Walsh, 61, has revealed he is due to have an operation amid his secret health battle with blepharitis

Secret health struggle: Bradley Walsh, 61, has revealed he is due to have an operation amid his secret health battle with blepharitis

‘People don’t realise I have seriously bad blepharitis. I have to take one pill a day for it or I really struggle,’ he said, reports The Sun.

Revealing he’s expecting to have surgery on his eyes because of it, Bradley continued: ‘I am going to need my eyes operated on at some point to sort it out. 

‘So many times people have commented on how I look, but they don’t realise.’

‘If I take medication, though, I’m fine,’ he insisted. ‘People don’t realise I have seriously bad blepharitis. 

‘I really struggle’: The Chase host revealed he gets ‘seriously bad’ symptoms from the condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids

In pain: The TV star (pictured on This Morning with son Barney) revealed it leaves his eyes swollen, red and itchy and he's been told he'll eventually need surgery on his eyes to treat it

In pain: The TV star (pictured on This Morning with son Barney) revealed it leaves his eyes swollen, red and itchy and he’s been told he’ll eventually need surgery on his eyes to treat it

According to the NHS, blepharitis can be caused by bacteria living on the skin or a skin condition like dermatitis. 

Symptoms include sore eyelids, as well as itchy eyes and a ‘gritty’ feeling in the eyes. 

It can be treated by cleaning the eyelids daily, as well as with prescribed antibiotic creams or drops.

While blepharitis isn’t usually considered serious, the condition can lead to conjunctivitis, dry eyes and cysts if not treated properly.  

During a flare up, Bradley revealed he can suffer from swollen eyes, with his eyes usually becoming itchy and red. 

News he’ll be in need of future surgery comes after Bradley revealed he had given up alcohol and fatty foods following a stark warning from his doctor. 

Putting his health first: Bradley revealed last year that he had overhauled his diet and had taken up boxing in order to get 'fit' after a health scare over his cholesterol levels

Putting his health first: Bradley revealed last year that he had overhauled his diet and had taken up boxing in order to get ‘fit’ after a health scare over his cholesterol levels

It was spurred on by a conversation with his cardiologist who told Bradley he needed to ‘get fit’ after realising his cholesterol levels were too high. 

The TV star’s father died from heart disease when he was 59 years old, with Bradley admitting turning 60 was a milestone from him as he always had a ‘hang-up’ about his dad’s age. 

‘I had a hang-up because of my father, Daniel, died at the age of 59. I had it in the back of my mind that I just had to get past my dad’s age,’ he told The Sun on Sunday. 

‘So, turning 60 was a bit of a milestone… I was a time bomb. I produced too much cholesterol. It’s a silent killer. My heart guy said, “Look Brad, you need to get fit.”‘  

As a result, Brad tightened up his diet and turned to boxing to work on his fitness, with the former Coronation Street star revealing he’s since lost a stone-and-a-half. 

Earlier this month, it was reported Bradley is one of the richest men on television after earning £1million in a year.  

Money maker: He is now believed to be one of the richest earners on daytime TV, on par with the likes of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

Money maker: He is now believed to be one of the richest earners on daytime TV, on par with the likes of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

The presenter’s earnings are said to have soared to nearly £1m per year, with Bradley reportedly amassing a fortune of £12.5million. 

He is now believed to be one of the richest earners on daytime TV, on par with the likes of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Accounts filed with his company, Wingit Productions, are said to reveal his company’s net worth equates to £12.3million, an increase of more than £800,000 from £11.5million in 2020.

Bradley reportedly has £12.5million worth of assets – including a whopping £10.3million in cash, raising his net worth to £20million. 

A source told: ‘Bradley is such a popular star on ITV, in particular, that it’s little wonder that he has the potential to earn so much money.’

In comparison, This Morning hosts Phillip, 59, and Holly, 40, have amassed a wealth of £8million and £10million respectively.

In demand: The presenter's earnings are said to have soared to nearly £1m per year, with Bradley reportedly amassing a fortune of £12.5million

In demand: The presenter’s earnings are said to have soared to nearly £1m per year, with Bradley reportedly amassing a fortune of £12.5million

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