Now I bet this is something many people were blissfully unaware of. One of the biggest stars in the world today is blind in one eye, and near sighted in the other. Johnny Depp revealed in an interview with Rolling Stones magazine that he has been practically blind in his left eye nearly his entire life. During the same interview he also revealed that he is near sighted in his right eye. Without glasses he is only able to see a few inches in front of his face. He is quoted as saying “Everything is just very, very blurry, I’ve never had proper vision.” To correct his vision in his right eye, Johnny Depp wears prescription glasses, but they do nothing to help his blind left eye. The vision in his left eye is unable to be corrected with glasses or laser surgery.
Some people have raised the question if he is afflicted with keratoconus, which is a thinning of the cornea that causes a bulge, and subsequent distortion of images. Keratoconus usually affects both eyes of the sufferer, but it is not uncommon for it to be present in only one eye. When looking into an eye affected with keratoconus the viewer will experience a fish bowl view of the eye, but the affected person sees an extremely blurry image. Less severe cases can be corrected with some degree of success by wearing rigid contact lenses. But rigid contact lenses are uncomfortable and can lead to sever rubbing where the bulge in the eye is present. This rubbing can lead to greater problems. Many people decide to persevere without the contact lenses if the keratoconus affects only one eye. People with more severe cases of keratoconus can have a corneal graft, but the patient will usually still need some form of vision aid as the new cornea gets distorted by the stitches used during the graft.