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Channel Nine newsreader Peter Overton suffers burst blood vessel in eye: 9News

News anchor Peter Overton shocks viewers as he reveals the health problem that is changing his appearance

  • Channel Nine Sydney presenter shocked viewers by looking worse for wear
  • Peter Overton had a burst blood vessel in his right eye, a common condition
  • Assured viewers that everything was fine and that eye got better every day

A popular newscaster has opened up on-air about his latest health scare after appearing on the nightly bulletin looking worse for wear.

It was business as usual for Channel Nine Sydney news presenter Peter Overton in Sunday night’s 6pm bulletin, despite a horribly burst blood vessel in his right eye.

The veteran newscaster assured startled viewers that he was fine and his eye was improving in a short update.

“You may have noticed that my right eye isn’t looking its best tonight,” Overton explained.

Peter Overton (pictured with wife Jessica Rowe) has opened up about a new health scare

Peter Overton (pictured with wife Jessica Rowe) has opened up about a new health scare

‘Everything is fine. I have a burst blood vessel and it looks worse than it really is.’

“It does get better by the day, so there you go.”

Much like sneezing or coughing or rubbing the eye hard, a blood vessel can break.

Also known as subconjunctival hemorrhage, it results in bleeding under the conjunctiva, a layer of tissue above the sclera, the white part of the eye.

It is a common condition that is usually harmless and resolves itself within two weeks.

Overton’s latest health scare comes less than two years after he underwent surgery for a melanoma discovered on his temple.

Mr Overton has been reading the 6pm evening news since 2009, having previously spent 60 minutes as a reporter for eight years.

Peter Overton had a burst blood vessel in his right eye while reading Sunday night's news

Peter Overton had a burst blood vessel in his right eye while reading Sunday night’s news

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