MISSION VIEJO, Calif. — Author
and pastor Rick Warren experienced some temporary vision loss during an
accident at his home Monday but is expected to recover fully, a spokesperson
for his church says.
Warren was in his yard pruning a firestick plant when a substance from the
plant transferred to his hands and then to his eyes, causing what he labeled as
“excruciating pain.” His wife called 911, and he was transported to a Mission
Viejo, Calif., hospital, where his eyes were irrigated.
He stayed overnight but
went home Tuesday.
The author of The Purpose Driven Life, Warren sent out a Tweet Thursday asking
Christians to “pray my sight loss is restored.” That led to various rumors that
he was blind, which is not the case, Saddleback Church spokesperson Kristin
Cole told Baptist Press. Warren later sent out a Tweet saying in part, “I am
“There was a little bit of temporary vision loss because the cornea was
damaged,” she said. “… That’s a part of the eye that will restore itself, so
it’s in the process. His vision seems to be OK right now. He is still in pain
and discomfort but it’s not nearly as severe as when it first happened.
“The doctors are expecting a 100 percent recovery.”
Warren described the pain as a 12 on the 1-through-10 pain scale. He was given
protective contacts and eye ointment.
He was in so much pain “that when his wife Kay came out to find out what was
going on, he really couldn’t articulate fully what was happening,” Cole said.