Savannah Guthrie Has to Go Through This Treatment After Her Scary Eye Injury
After Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie’s eye injury last week, during which her young son accidentally hit her in the eye with a toy, the anchor is slowly getting better. But it could’ve been much worse.
Find out how the 47-year-old is doing and what she has to go through for her treatments to her injury.
What happened to Savannah Guthrie’s eye
According to Guthrie, she was at home with her son when he accidentally jammed her in the eye with one of his toys. The result was a torn retina.
After the incident last week, Guthrie spoke by phone to Today to describe what happened to cause her to stay away from her duties on the morning show.
“I got hit … Charley threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina,” Guthrie explained.
“It happened last week, actually, and then I lost my vision in my right eye about 24 hours later and then it turned out to be kind of serious. They were afraid my retina was detached.”
“The vision is getting better every day, but I’m still blurry,” Guthrie told her co-anchors on Today last week. “Right now it’s like having one contact (lens) in and (one) out. When it first started though, it was like a complete blur. I couldn’t have seen anything.”
Guthrie’s treatments for her eye
Thankfully, Guthrie was able to avoid surgery on her eye. She’s had five laser treatment sessions to help heal her retina, and especially in order to not have surgery, which can be risky.
“The first laser I actually did I had to go under for, it was kind of an emergency, like they rushed me in there, they shot me up with the big laser, and they were actually not sure it had worked at all, and they thought I was going to have to have this surgery,” the mom of two explained this week.
It’s been a traumatizing week for the anchor, with doctors not being completely sure if she would need high-risk retinal surgery. But in the end, it appears the laser treatments have thankfully done the trick.
“Basically the eye jiggles, and the retina is like saran wrap, so when you get hit, saran wrap can very easily tear, can get a hole in it, and that’s not a good thing,” she said. “Laser, if you have a small enough tear . . . can basically weld down the outside of the tear to prevent . . . more of the retina detaching. . . you don’t actually have to go to the operating room.”
Guthrie still showed up at the Thanksgiving Day Parade
Despite the discomfort and pain she was in, the mother of two still managed to power through it all and co-host the Thanksgiving Day Parade with a big smile on her face.
“I’m actually still hoping I can do the parade tomorrow. I’m not supposed to, like, jump up and down or anything because it’s kind of like literally hanging by a thread,” Guthrie said. “But I’m very positive because I think it’s going to be OK.”
As it turned out, she was in wonderful spirits and did a great job with her Today co-hosts at fronting the parade. Guthrie clearly isn’t going to let a little thing like a torn retina stop her from celebrating the holidays!