Queensland Rugby Legend Wally Lewis reveal secret health battle
But as the pain reached levels he had never experienced before, Lewis admitted he was trying “not to be a sook”.
“Probably over four to five days I first started to feel the discomfort, thought I’d been rubbing my eyes too much,” Lewis said.
“I was trying not to be a sook, but I was starting to worry a little bit about it.”
But after a terrible headache behind his left eye around three weeks ago, Lewis knew it was time to seek help.
“My pain level had reached something that I had never experienced,” he said.
“I’ve had broken arms, I’ve fractured bones in my legs, fractured my cheekbones but none of that came into the same ballpark as what the pain was like in the eye.
“The greatest fear for me was that I was losing part of my sight.”
Dr John Hogden from the Eye Health Centre diagnosed Lewis with a debilitating eye condition called corneal erosion as well as dry eye.
“(Lewis) was noticing that when he looked from side to side, the vision just wasn’t in focus and this fit well with corneal disease,” Dr Hogden told 9News.
“Corneal erosions are very painful and they can proceed to more sight problems if they’re not treated adequately.”
Treating the conditions with a mixture of eye drops, “The King” is now pleading with Australians to look after their eyes and get them checked if they notice any changes.