Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) announced Saturday that he would be “pretty much off the grid for the next weeks” after undergoing emergency surgery on one of his eyes.
Crenshaw, a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran, lost his right eye and sustained severe damage to his left eye while deployed in Afghanistan in 2012.
Crenshaw ultimately served 10 years in the U.S. military before medically retiring in 2016 at the rank of lieutenant commander.
What did Crenshaw say?
The Texas Republican explained that he received “emergency surgery” Friday morning to reattach the retina in his left eye.
“A few days ago, I noticed some dark, blurry spots in my vision, which seemed out of the ordinary,” Crenshaw said. “I went to get this checked out by an ophthalmologist on Thursday and they discovered that my retina was detaching.”
“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 would resurface, and it appears that is exactly what happened,” Crenshaw explained.
“The prognosis I received on Thursday is obviously very bad,” he said.
How was the surgery?
Crenshaw said he received emergency surgery in Houston on Friday, which went “very well.”
Unfortunately, Crenshaw said the surgery left him “effectively blind for about a month.”
“During the surgery, they put a gas bubble in my eye, which acts as a bandage for my retina. This means I have to be face-down for the next week or so, unable to see anything,” Crenshaw explained.
Crenshaw, who won election to Congress in 2018, said he would be out of the public eye for the duration of his recovery, and he asked supporters for prayers.