Katie Piper OBE has announced she's undergone emergency surgery after her husband noticed a black circle in her blind eye, which turned out to be a hole.

The 38 year old Loose Women panellist took to her Twitter page to share the news as she posted a snap of herself with her eye bandaged up before explaining: "Emergency Operation for me! On Saturday my husband noticed a small black circle in my blind eye, I was excited thinking I had a pupil again, but by Sunday my left eye was extremely painful and couldn’t tolerate light, so I patched it up and put it down to old injuries."

Admitting that she's used to a certain level of discomfort, she still went into work.

However, things took a turn for the worse by Sunday night as she felt nausea and was in "extreme pain".

She decided to consult her eye specialist, Sheraz Daya, who confirmed "the black circle was a hole in my eye and the eye had perforated.

"This had always been a fear that it would happen. Yesterday @SherazDaya sourced tissue for me and operated," she added.

Sharing her gratitude, she continued: "I cannot thank him and his team enough, their knowledge and expertise but also how kind and caring they all are.

"There maybe some evil people in this world but there are also some pretty incredible people doing amazing things for people on a daily [email protected] Huge thank you team @SherazDaya @CentreforSight You are the best!" followed by a praying hands emoji.

Katie's fans were quick to rush to the comments section of her post to wish her a speedy recovery, with one person writing: "You are such a brave lady. Speedy recovery x".

Another commented: "So sorry to read this hope your feeling ok sending hugs", whilst another wrote: "So sorry to hear this. Hope you feel better soon. You’ve been a joy to listen to on the radio."

A fourth person wrote: "Wow I’m sorry it’s happened but really glad for you that you have such strong support and expertise to help you. Heal well."

Katie's Twitter announcement came after she seemingly appeared on Tuesday 16 August's episode of Loose Women, where she was the focus of the programme's Life Before Loose segment, which follows each of the panellist's journey's before they started on Loose Women.

Katie opened up on her life story, including when she was attacked with acid in 2008 by her then-boyfriend, who left her with major damage to her face and caused her to go blind in one eye, causing her to need pioneering surgery.

Prior to her tweets explaining her hospital dash, Katie revealed that the segment was in fact pre-recorded and that today, she had been discharged from hospital following her emergency operation.

The BBC Radio 2 presenter tweeted: "Thank u for all your comments about todays @loosewomen my Life before Loose segment!

"It was pre recorded and today I’ve just been discharged from hospital after emergency operation and it’s so nice to open up my time line and see all these msgs! Thanks for lifting my mood! "

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