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Rep. Dan Crenshaw 'effectively blind' during eye surgery recovery

House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), shown here at a hearing on Capitol Hill in September, announced Saturday that he will be pretty much off the grid as he recovers from emergency eye surgery. Pool Photo by Chip Somodevilla/UPI
House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), shown here at a hearing on Capitol Hill in September, announced Saturday that he will be "pretty much off the grid" as he recovers from emergency eye surgery. Pool Photo by Chip Somodevilla/UPI | License Photo

April 10 (UPI) -- Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, announced Saturday that he will be "pretty much off the grid" for a few weeks following an emergency eye surgery that will render him "effectively blind" as he recovers.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Crenshaw said that during an ophthalmologist appointment Thursday, his doctor discovered his retina was detaching and ordered emergency surgery at a VA medical center in Houston.

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The surgery went well, Crenshaw said, but doctors inserted a gas bubble in his eye to act as a bandage for the retina, which will render him unable to see.

"This is why you're not going to hear from me for a while," Crenshaw said. "I likely will not be conducting interviews and likely will not be posting on social media, except to give updates on my health and recovery."

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His offices in Washington, D.C., and Texas will continue to operate, he added, and encouraged constituents to reach out if they need help.

Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, lost an eye to an IED blast in Afghanistan.

The same incident caused significant damage to his remaining eye.

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"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," he said.

He also said prayers for the full recovery of his vision "wouldn't hurt" and would be "much appreciated."

"I have gotten through worse before, and I will get through this," Crenshaw said.

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