Fox News correspondent Shannon Bream can relate to Bob Costas. While an eye infection has sidelined the NBC Olympics anchor for most of this week, Bream struggled with a rare, incurable eye condition for a year-and-a-half, impacting every aspect of her life: from getting a good night’s sleep to reporting outdoor live shots for Fox News.
“Physically I was in excruciating pain,” Bream told TVNewser this afternoon about her Recurrent Corneal Erosion syndrome. At times she woke up in the middle of the night feeling like her “cornea was tearing off.”
“There’s part of you that, when you show up for work, you kick into professional mode and try to do your absolute best,” the Washington, DC-based reporter said.
Sunny days were especially hard, especially when outdoor live shots was called for.
Reading a teleprompter while filling in on the anchor desk was also tough: “Double vision makes reading the prompter very tricky,” she said.
Bream is sympathetic to Costas’s condition.