In The Know

Crenshaw explains eye patch, saying people find glass eye ‘distracting’

Greg Nash

Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) says he’s “very self-conscious” about the glass eye he wears since being injured in combat, explaining why he wears an eye patch.

“When I meet people in public, and especially campaigning, I noticed it’s very distracting to people,” Crenshaw said of his glass eye in a video posted Monday on Twitter.

“Even if it’s a natural-looking eye, it doesn’t quite look right,” Crenshaw continued in the video. “It’s extremely distracting. And I’m very self-conscious about it,” the 34-year-old former Navy SEAL told his more than 160,000 followers.

{mosads}Crenshaw has worn an eye patch ever since sustaining an injury in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.

The then-House hopeful drew attention just ahead of last month’s midterms elections, after “Saturday Night Live’s” Pete Davidson mocked his appearance during the show’s “Weekend Update” segment. Crenshaw later appeared on the sketch comedy show as Davidson expressed regret over the remarks, calling the military veteran a “war hero” who “deserves all the respect in the world.”

“There’s no reason to really wear an eye patch when I’m around family and friends because they’re used to my many different glass eyes,” Crenshaw said Monday, revealing he has roughly 10.

Despite expressing discomfort about being seen with his glass eye, Crenshaw gave viewers a glimpse of it during his video.

“The one I wear the most is the Navy SEAL Trident. What that actually is, is a gold earring that they sell in Coronado, Calif., that we had implanted into a glass eye,” said Crenshaw.

The congressman-elect also shared the website where he says he’s purchased his eye patches, before teasing to his followers: “Usually you’ll see this eye patch. You might see some new ones coming out pretty soon, so stay tuned.”

Tags Dan Crenshaw
See all Hill.TV See all Video