Republican Congressman and former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw released a statement on Saturday about an emergency eye surgery he underwent that would leave him out of action “effectively blind for about a month.”
Crenshaw went to doctors on Thursday after saying he “noticed some dark, blurry spots” in his vision and was told the retina in his left eye was detaching.
According to Crenshaw, in 2012 an IED exploded during his third deployment in Afghanistan in Helmand Province left him with “half a good eye.”
In a part of his statement, he said, “This is a terrifying prognosis for someone with one eye, and the nature of the injuries that I sustained in Afghanistan. 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. It was always a possibility that the effects of the damage to my retina would resurface, and it appears that is exactly what has happened.”
Crenshaw also asked for, “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. Thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers, and support.”
He went to the VA Medical Center in Houston for his procedure.
Both of his offices in Texas and Washington D.C. will continue to be in operation.