"Hopefully next time I see you I'll really see you!" Savannah Guthrie jokingly told her Today co-hosts

By Eric Todisco
July 20, 2020 09:03 AM
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Savannah Guthrie is undergoing a follow-up procedure for her vision problems eight months after her initial eye surgery to fix a tear in her retina.

On Monday morning, Guthrie, 48, shared to fellow Today co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Carson Daly that she was leaving the show early to undergo cataract surgery.

"Remember when my retina was detached because Charley threw the train at my eye?" Guthrie recalled of her how 3-year-old son caused her eye damage back in November. "Well, guys it's not over. So apparently after you have that retina reattachment surgery, it's very common to get cataracts, so that happened to me. So I'm actually going to leave in 20 minutes and have cataract surgery."

"You gonna do it live on the air?" Daly, 47, jokingly asked.

"Umm no, because they are slicing my eye, so I didn't think our viewers wanted to see that," Guthrie responded with a laugh.

"But anyway, it's been a long time, I'm super excited," she continued. "I feel like it's Christmas morning because if they remove this cataract I'll really be able to see and I have had a hard time seeing."

Kotb, 55, went on to note how Guthrie has had some difficulty co-hosting the NBC morning show with her vision issues.

"I have all kinds of things going on where it's kind of distorted and then it's got a wavy thing and now I have this cataract which is a big blurry spot," said Guthrie. "Lots of people have had cataract surgery or their parents have had cataract surgery."

"It's very common in the elderly, but it happens if you have this retina detachment surgery," she added. "Once they remove that blur, I think it will be a lot better."

Guthrie told her fellow co-hosts that the surgery is expected to take less than an hour with a shot recovery period. She said that she's hoping to return to the studio later in the week.

"Hopefully next time I see you I'll really see you!" she jokingly said.

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Guthrie told PEOPLE in April that she would have to undergo follow-up eye surgeries, noting that while the initial retinal surgery restored her temporary vision loss, her eyesight “certainly isn’t where it was, and I think it’s getting worse.”

"Eventually I’m hopeful that when everything turns to normal, I’ll be able to schedule those surgeries and I’m hopeful there’ll be a big improvement,” Guthrie said. “I don’t think my eye will ever be the way it once was, but I think it will be much improved."