Nadia Sawalha opens up about health woes – ‘I am a victim’

Nadia Sawalha opens up about health woes – ‘I am a victim’


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Nadia Sawalha, 57, the Loose Women panellist who has appeared on the show since it began in 1999, has always spoken openly about her health. From posting about having a hysteroscopy, and encouraging women to look out for symptoms that something may not be right with their womb, Nadia is now sharing her top product for maintaining the health of her eyes after taking her sight for granted when she was younger.

Speaking exclusively to, Nadia said: “I’ve always suffered with dry scratchy eyes. Ever since I was wearing contact lenses – because I started wearing contact lenses when I was really young.

“So I’ve worn contact lenses since I was a teenager and over wore them when I went clubbing and kept them in until four in the morning, or slept in them. I didn’t really look after my eyes very well, which I can’t believe now.”

The Loose Women panellist then dished on her obsession which has not helped with her health woes – she is admittedly addicted to her mobile phone.

“The other thing is I use my phone so much which is really bad for your eyes. Over the last ten years, my phone use has reached ridiculous levels. To look into a small screen like this. An eye specialist I was talking to said the bigger the screen the better, like a massive TV is actually good for your eyes.

“So I am a victim of phone addiction. And then also when I went into menopause, everything was exacerbated because your skin gets dry everything gets dry. On and off over the years, I just really suffered with it.”

Nadia is now encouraging everyone to #KeepALookOutForYourEyes after speaking openly about her battle with dry and scratchy eyes, brought on by a number of factors, including her obsession with using her mobile phone.

Speaking about the Thealoz duo eyedrops, she said: “They are fantastic, so I really do recommend.

“I was just saying to somebody, I get asked all the time to you know to work with brands, and I only work with brands that I really, really, genuinely can put my hand on my heart because I feel very conscious that if somebody buys something because I’ve said I like it, that’s a huge responsibility.

“And I really do think these are wonderful.”

Describing the eye drops as a “godsend” when asked if she has now limited the amount of time on her mobile phone, Nadia was quick to reply: “Honestly no, I’m worse.

“I mean I do a lot of work on my phone and this is the problem for all of us, isn’t it, the lines have blurred with our addiction.

“I say I have to be on my phone all the time because of my Youtube channel, my Instagram etc. But also I just spent some time scrolling as well.”

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With a large part of her work online, Nadia said that despite having dry eyes she still absolutely loves doing Instagram, where she has 520,000 followers and YouTube where they have 133,000 subscribers, especially when speaking about some of the latest current affairs and entertainment stories.

She continued to say: “I love doing my Instagram because I get to help a lot of women and they get a lot out of it and actually makes them feel better.

“But of course on our YouTube channel, me and my husband have worked really hard on it. We do a daily live show six days a week. We do movie reviews, TV reviews, movie reactions. We vlog our family reality show and we’re gonna move into dramas.”

In fact, with the success of Nadia and television producer husband Mark Adderley’s YouTube, has led to them being longlisted for the Oscars after they submitted their short film The Gangbusters.

“Oh, it’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to us in forever because,” Nadia exclaimed when speaking about the possibility of winning another award for the shortfilm.

With a keen interest in making more dramas, when asked if it could hint to a return to acting for the star, who played Annie Palmer in BBC Eastenders from 1997 to 1999, Nadia shared: “We’re gonna make more dramas, we are gonna make for films, we’re gonna make documentaries, because we have the freedom to do exactly how we want anybody to do it.

“So yeah, we’re really excited about that. We’ve got a really funny, exciting idea for me and a friend of mine where I’m acting again.

“I’m gonna be in that one. We’re filming that quite soon. It’s really exciting!”

Nadia Sawalha is supporting eyecare experts Théa UK’s ‘Keep a look out for your eyes’ campaign to raise awareness of dry eyes and the importance of looking after our eye health. For more information about dry eyes and other eye conditions including preservative free treatment options, visit:

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