Rep. Dan Crenshaw: eye surgery "went well" but "will be effectively blind for about a month"

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 11th, 2021 10:05 am

Last Updated Apr 12th, 2021 at 8:31 pm

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) underwent surgery for a detached retina in his left eye on Friday. He said that although the "surgery went well," he will be "off the grid for the next few weeks" because he will be "effectively blind for about a month."

"During the surgery they put a gas bubble in my eye, which acts as a bandage for my retina," Crenshaw said. "This means I have to be face-down for the next week or so, unable to see anything."

"A few days ago, I noticed some dark blurry spots in my vision, which seemed out of the ordinary," he said. "I went to get this checked out by an ophthalmologist on Thursday and they discovered that my retina was detaching."

Crenshaw wears an eyepatch on his right eye since he was wounded in 2012 while he was deployed in Afghanistan as a U.S. Navy SEAL.

"Anyone who knows the history of my injuries knows that I don't have a 'good eye,' but half a good eye," he said. "The blast from 2012 caused a cataract, excessive tissue damage, and extensive damage to my retina. It was always a possibility that the effects of the damage to my retina would resurface."

Crenshaw's congressional offices in Houston and Washington, D.C. "will continue to operate, and any constituent needing assistance with casework can still call [his] offices for help."

Crenshaw said his wife Tara was "by [his] side the entire time" after driving him to Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston on Friday.

"A few prayers that my vision will get back to normal and that I will make a full recovery wouldn't hurt, though, and would be much appreciated," he said. "Thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers, and support."


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