Tampa Bay Times

Congressma­n has surgery on eye


Houston U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanista­n, underwent emergency surgery on Friday for a detached retina, leaving him blind for at least a month. Prospects for recovering his vision remain uncertain.

“This is a terrifying prognosis for someone with one eye, and the nature of the injuries that I sustained in Afghanista­n,” the two-term Republican said in a statement issued by his office on Saturday. “Anyone who knows the history of my injuries knows that I don’t have a ‘good eye,’ but half a good eye. The blast from 2012 caused a cataract, excessive tissue damage, and extensive damage to my retina.”

Crenshaw, 37, began seeing “dark, blurry spots” earlier this week and went to an ophthalmol­ogist on Thursday. The doctor discovered that his retina was detaching.

He underwent emergency surgery on Friday morning at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

“The surgery went well, but I will be effectivel­y blind for about a month,” he said.

Crenshaw was elected to Congress in 2018 and reelected last year.

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw

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