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Britt McHenry Says Her Vision Has Deteriorated From Stress Following Parking Lot Attendant Video Incident

Britt McHenry was the subject of an extremely unflattering viral video back in April 2015, when she was recorded berating a parking lot attendant after her car was towed.

After serving a one week suspension from ESPN, McHenry has returned to the sideline. However, she says that the ignominious video has had a lasting affect on her life. Most notably, she says her vision in her right eye has gotten cloudy as a result of the stress following the incident.

She spoke about it in a recent interview with Marie Claire writer Abigail Pesta.

It's hard to describe how it feels to have people dislike you when they don't even know you. It takes a toll on your mind and body alike. In fact, in dealing with all the stress, the vision in my right eye grew cloudy. I could no longer see clearly; everything was a blur. I went to a retinal specialist, who diagnosed me with CSR, a condition in which vision is impaired, often due to trauma or extreme stress. Neither medication nor time helped alleviate the problem. I had no choice but to start a series of injections directly into my eye to try to regain my vision and prevent further damage. The first time I watched the needle approach my eye (yes, you're awake for this!), I broke down, halting the process until I could regain my composure. I was a wreck, not so much because of the injection, but because of what had brought me to that point.

It would become the first of endless injections, and I still flinch every time. The doctor says the vision in my eye might never improve.

Britt McHenry goes into more of the fallout from the video, and reflects on the impact it has had on her career. The entire piece is worth a read.

[Marie Claire]