2012 X Factor winner, James Arthur, was recently treated with laser eye surgery at Optical Express.
He’s been very busy lately touring across the UK and Europe, but he managed to find a few minutes to talk to Laura Hartley from Optical Express about his career, the X Factor and how amazing it feels to have 20/20 vision.
Keep reading for our exclusive interview...
Welcome James and thank you for talking to Optical Express Magazine. You’ve recently been crowned the best ever X Factor winner, what an achievement! How does that make you feel?
It's fantastic. I worked hard whilst on the show and it's the ultimate sense of achievement to see my efforts pay off and be crowned best ever winner!
And are you still in touch with your fellow X Factor contestants?
Yes, I speak to them all as much as I can as we are all so busy nowadays.
You’ve come a long way since The X Factor and this year was your first performance at V Festvial. How was it?
It was absolutely incredible; the crowd were unbelievable and gave me a brilliant reception.
It must be pretty nerve-wracking to go on stage in front of all those people! Do you have any sort of good luck token or habitual routine that you go through before you perform?
I just breathe in deeply and then breathe out any anxious feeling I might have.
You’re always looking pretty trendy when you’re out and about, what’s your style inspiration?
I'm just me I don't really watch anyone else.
Back to music, what sort of songs are you hoping to produce for your next album?
I will be maintaining a level of soul that I guess people have come to expect from me, but for this project it will be mixed with some of my rock influences.
How exciting! When might we hear some new music from you?
I hear you’ve had surgery at Optical Express - what made you want to consider undertaking laser eye surgery?
I was overusing my contact lenses. Sometimes I would wear them for an entire 24 hours which is incredibly bad for your eyes. I made an investment for the future with my decision to have laser eye surgery. It makes life much easier.
Well, you’ve definitely come to the right place! So finally, how does it feel to have better than 20/20 vision?
It feels really great! Thanks to Dr Manek Patel and the team at Optical Express for their care and making the whole process of getting laser surgery so straightforward. It is so amazing to have 20/20 vision!
James’ infamous black rimmed spectacles from his X Factor days have now been ditched forever. The internationally famous popstar now has better than 20/20 vision and has fully recovered from his surgery, tweeting: ''Because I had a large prescription it's taken longer than normal to recover but I'm now seeing 20/20!''.
Thanks for talking to us James!