Savannah Guthrie — who underwent retinal detachment surgery in late 2019 — will require additional procedures to repair the vision in her right eye.
Telling People that her “eyesight is not great” following her initial surgery, the “Today” show co-host said she will “have to have a couple of follow-up surgeries” following the coronavirus pandemic.
“Eventually I’m hopeful that when everything turns to normal, I’ll be able to schedule those surgeries and I’m hopeful there’ll be a big improvement,” Guthrie said.
While she doesn’t think her right eye “will ever be the way it once was,” the 48-year-old believes “it will be much improved” once she undergoes more surgery.
Ahead of Thanksgiving last year, Guthrie revealed she had suffered an eye injury after her 3-year-old son, Charley, “threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina,” resulting in vision loss. She said at the time doctors were “essentially trying to weld back this tear in the retina very carefully, and really trying hard to avoid the retina detaching.”
In December, Guthrie confirmed she had eye surgery.
“If I hadn’t been able to have that surgery, I think I would have probably lost my vision in that eye,” Guthrie told People.
Guthrie is hopeful she’ll be able to take care of cataract surgery later this year.
“When you have this retinal detachment, most people will end up developing cataracts, obviously at a much younger age than would normally be expected,” Guthrie said, noting “when you have cataracts, you get blurry spots and you notice it more and more.”
Amid the current circumstances, Guthrie and several other “Today” co-hosts are broadcasting from home.