Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former NAVY SEAL who lost his right eye in Afghanistan, announced Saturday that he underwent surgery this week for a problem in his other eye — and will be ” effectively blind for about a month.”
Crenshaw, 37, a Republican from Houston, tweeted a statement saying that a few days ago he had “noticed some dark, blurry spots” in his vision, “which seemed out of the ordinary.”
He sought medical attention Thursday and an eye doctor told him the retina in his left eye was detaching.
“This is a terrifying prognosis for someone with one eye, and the nature of the injuries I sustained in Afghanistan,” wrote Crenshaw, who served in the US Navy from 2006-2016 and retired as a lieutenant commander.
He said the 2012 IED blast in Helmand Province left him with “half a good eye,” and that there was always a possibility that the effects of the damage would resurface.
“It appears that is exactly what has happened,” he said.
The blast injuries, which happened during Crenshaw’s third deployment, initially caused total blindness, but he gained sight in his remaining eye and went on to do two more tours of duty.
He had emergency surgery Friday at the VA Medical Center in Houston.
“During the surgery they put a gas bubble in my eye, which acts as a bandage for my retina,” he said. “This means I have to be face-down for the next week or so, unable to see anything.”
Crenshaw said he would likely be off social media, except for updates on his health as he recovered in his Houston home with his wife, Tara.
“I have gotten through worse before, and I will get through this,” Crenshaw wrote.
Still, he added: “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.”
Crenshaw won a second term in Congress in November, beating Democratic challenger Sima Ladjevardian.