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Michael Owen discusses his son's eye condition on BBC Access

It's beautiful to see Michael Owen openly discussing his son's eye condition and raising much-needed awareness.




Eye conditions and disabilities generally do not discriminate based on wealth or social status. More people must speak openly about these topics, and I hope articles and podcasts like these encourage others to do the same.


In a recent BBC Access All podcast interview, former England striker Michael Owen expressed his willingness to "swap eyes" with his son if it could help him see again. James Owen, 17, who aspired to follow in his father's footsteps, was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a degenerative eye condition, at the age of eight.


Michael shared his deep love and concern for his son, stating that he would give anything to restore his vision.


James comes from a family of accomplished footballers, with Michael having played as a striker for renowned clubs such as Liverpool and Real Madrid. Despite controversy surrounding his later move to Manchester United, Michael focuses on his son's well-being.

The accompanying photo shows Michael Owen sitting with his son James, smiling for the camera.


Photo description: Michael Owen sat with son James smiling to the camera

Thank you, Michael Owen, for the bringing the topic of sight loss and blindness to the public domain. Own

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