When Billy Idol was in the height of his popularity in the 1980’s, he nearly lost his sight, thanks in part to his contact lenses.
In a story of rock ‘n roll and contact lenses, a rock icon nearly lost his sight.
As Billy Idol explained in his autobiography, after filming the video for ‘Eyes Without A Face’, he traveled to Arizona to prepare for a concert.
Idol had the same contacts in for about 36 hours and hadn’t slept.
He fell asleep outside the Arizona venue while waiting for the sound check. He woke to a sheriff holding him at gunpoint, but he couldn’t see clearly. Only an outline of the gun.
Idol said he was in pain and was rushed to a hospital where his eyes were bandaged for two days so his corneas could heal.