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Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw offered a promising update Friday on an emergency eye surgery in his one good eye, saying it “went very well,” but that he’ll remain effectively blind as he recovers over he next month.
The Houston Republican and former NAVY Seal lost his right eye during combat in Afghanistan.
He had surgery on his left eye after doctors found his retina was becoming detached.
“I can lift my head up again and no longer have to position myself face-down, which is a relief,” Crenshaw, 37, tweeted.
“This is obviously good news, but it doesn’t mean we are out of the woods yet,” he added.
Both eye injuries are related to the 2012 IED blast that left him with “half a good eye.” A follow-appointment last week revealed his retina was still in place, he said.
“I still cannot see much other than lights and shadows, basically, as I am still in the early stages of my recovery,” he said Friday.
“I am not sure how my vision will be in a few weeks, but I am hopeful and confident that it will return to normal.”
Crenshaw said he is “staying up to date on legislation in the House,” but is leaving government business up to his staff while he focuses on recovery.
Doctors have told the congressman he cannot fly to Washington for six weeks.
“Tara and I are doing well, thanks to the generous prayers and support for which we are so very grateful,” he said of his wife. “We’ve been through harder times before and we are going to get through this,” he said.
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