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  • Page Six has reported that the pink eye reporter Bob Costas suffered from during the recent Olympic Games was the result of Botox injections gone wrong.

    NBC’s prime time Olympics host, 61-year old Bob Costas shocked fans by appearing on air wearing glasses. He then revealed that he had contracted viral conjunctivitis in both eyes, commonly known as pink eye. The infection eventually got so bad that Bob ended up taking a 6-day leave of absence from the program because he was unable to read the teleprompter and his appearance was distracting to viewers.

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    Apparently Bob had Botox injections shortly before he arrived in Sochi, in an effort to smooth his forehead wrinkles ahead of the games. Page Six says their source that this wasn’t the first time Bob has used Botox to get rid of lines in his forehead, “Bob’s eye infection was due to botched Botox. This isn’t the first time he’s had it.”

     

    Despite Page Six’s reports and source, NBC has denied that Botox is behind Bob’s eye infection, telling Page Six that the rumor “This has zero truth to this. Zero.”

     

    Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira temporarily replaced Bob in his duties. Bob reports that the infection caused him to experience light sensitivity and blurred vision,. “The worst three days of it I was primarily in a darkened room,” he said.

     

    While Botox has been known to cause complications in some cases, getting an infection from the dermal injectable is extremely rare, unless there was some sort of contamination or severe allergic reaction.

     

    New York plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Warfel, who has not treated Costas, told Page Six: “If the Botox procedure is done properly, the patient shouldn’t get pink eye. It is highly unlikely unless the procedure was unclean, when the patient could contract cellulitis of the eyelid [symptoms include redness and swelling of the eyelid].”

     

    Bob initially appeared to be fine, interviewing President Obama ahead of the Opening Ceremonies. However, the next morning he noticed something was not right, “My left eye was like a slit, and I’m thinking, ‘What the hell?’ . . . I’m also thinking maybe I put a few eye drops in and it resolves itself,” he told reporters. But his doctor immediately “realized something was wrong.”

     

    Rather than take time off, Bob first tried to cover up his infection by wearing glasses rather than contacts. However, his blurred vision and sensitivity to light eventually meant that he had to give up hosting and take time off to recover while his eyes healed.

     

    Although it is highly unlikely that Botox was the cause of Bob’s infection, he may be a user of Botox. Bob’s forehead is very smooth for a man of his years and his eyebrows have a fairly high and arched appearance, which is a common symptom of Botox. Many men experience sagging eyelids and Bob may have wanted to treat his without invasive plastic surgery, such as eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery has a tendency to create a somewhat feminine appearance, which Bob likely wants to avoid and invasive plastic surgery would also mean recovery time, taking Bob off the air.

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