Christie Brinkley Reveals Eye Condition with Photo of Scary Surgery

by Taylor Cunningham

Due to a close call, Christie Brinkley stressed the importance of regular eye exams in a recent social media post.

The supermodel suffers from something called Acute Angle Closure, which is the most common and dangerous of glaucoma. Without medical intervention, the issue can cause permanent blindness.

On Thursday (December 16th), Brinkley announced on Instagram that she not only inherited the condition but she was also undergoing emergent surgery.

” [I] want you to read this, so you will always be able to!” the Ugly Betty actress wrote alongside a pic of herself preparing for the procedure. “I just discovered that I have something called Acute Angle Closure.”

According to the post, Christie Brinkley had no symptoms of Glaucoma. She only found the issue because she “included an eye exam as part of [her] yearly physical check-up.”

“My brilliant ophthalmologist spotted this problem,” she added.

Luckily, the condition is highly treatable. But the procedure can be unnerving. However, the model can attest to the fact that it’s not as bad as it sounds.

“They can fix it by brace yourselves, drilling a hole thru your eye! It’s not as gruesome as it sounds,” she assured her fans. “In fact, I just had it done in this photo, piece of cake.”

“But if left untreated it could have resulted in vision loss…So I’m very grateful!” she concluded. “Thank you Dr. Coles! And friends, keep your eye on your precious eyes! Get them checked!”

Christie Brinkley’s Daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook Looks is Her Spitting Image

In a set of recent photos, Christie Brinkley proved that the Brinkley genes run strong.

The supermodel turned actress doesn’t post side-by-side pics with her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook often. But when she does, we’re also left in awe by their twinning looks.

Over the summer, the mother-daughter duo posed at a Michael Kors namesake brand event, per the New York Post. And Brinkley memorialized the event on her Instagram page. In the pics, the two are mirror images, despite their 44 year age difference.

“Celebrating 40 years of the iconic American Style of the adorable legend @michaelkors in the chicest garden of hosts extraordinaire Jon and legs for days @tizzielisch and co-hosted by the lovely and glamorously cool @naomiwatts.” Brinkley wrote alongside eight snapshots. “Plus strawberry shortcake all on a gorgeous Summer night!”

During the event, Sailor, who has appeared on shows such as Entertainment Tonight and Dancing with the Stars, also modeled the iconic taupe bathing suit that her mother wore for a 1977 Sports Illustrated issue.