(RepublicanInformer.com)- Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw announced last week that emergency surgery he underwent two weeks ago went well. Despite that news, he also announced that he isn’t sure how much of his sight will come back to him.
Crenshaw, congressman from Houston, Texas, is a former Navy SEAL. While in Afghanistan, he lost an eye.
The emergency surgery he underwent recently was for a detached retina that happened in his other eye.
In a statement that Crenshaw sent out through his congressional office, he said:
“I still cannot see much other than lights and shadows. 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.”
When Crenshaw originally announced that he had suffered a detached retina, he said it was “a terrifying prognosis for someone with one eye, and the nature of the injuries that I sustained in Afghanistan.”
After he began to see dark blurry spots in his eye, the 37-year-old Crenshaw went to see an ophthalmologist. That visit led to emergency surgery being conducted the very next day. It took place at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, which is located in Houston.
Crenshaw explained the process and the recovery by saying:
“During the surgery, they put a ‘silicon buckle’ around my retina and used a laser to ‘glue’ around the edges of my retina. A gas bubble was injected into the eye to act as a bandage for the retina. The bubble will dissipate in a few weeks.
“I cannot fly on an airplane for at least six weeks because the pressure changes while flying may cause the gas bubble in my eye to expand.”
In good news, Crenshaw said that when he went to a surgery follow-up appointment just last week, the doctor said his retina was still in place. He explained: