Is it normal for a chief medical correspondent to publicly admit the illnesses he’s had?
Has journalism’s ME-ificiation come this far?
Apparently so, because this morning Richard Besser, chief medical correspondent for ABC News and the former CDC Director, admitted that he once had giant papillary conjunctivitis.
What the hell is that?
We didn’t know, either, so we fled to online searches. According to Medscape, it’s a pretty typical condition for those who wear contact lenses. Their explanations was too annoyingly medical, so we turned to AboutHealth, which informs that GPC is “a condition in which the inner eyelid becomes inflamed and small bumps develop.” These bumps can become large and look like cobblestones. Symptoms include a white discharge, severe itchiness, and light sensitivity. This website blames the wearer, saying that people who come down with this often don’t properly clean their contact lenses or they keep them in too long.
See Besser’s admission below.