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Crenshaw 'hopeful' but not 'out of the woods' after eye surgery

Crenshaw 'hopeful' but not 'out of the woods' after eye surgery
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Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawCotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military The hypocrisy of weeding out identity politics in the military Crenshaw trolled after asking for examples of 'woke ideology' in military MORE (R-Texas) said he is “hopeful” after having surgery on his remaining eye but that he is still not “out of the woods.”

Crenshaw first announced earlier this month that he would be “effectively blind” for a month to have surgery to repair a detaching retina in his left eye. The Texas lawmaker lost his right eye in 2012 during a bomb attack while he was serving in Afghanistan, and the surgical issue is one of the lingering results of his injuries.

“Last week, I had my first follow-up visit with my surgeon, which went very well. To our relief, my retina was still in place during my follow-up appointment. I can lift my head up again and no longer have to position myself face-down, which is a relief. This is obviously good news, but it doesn’t mean we are out of the woods yet,” he said in a statement Friday. 

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“I still cannot see much other than lights and shadows, basically, as I am still in the early stages of my recovery. 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.”

Crenshaw said surgeons placed a “silicon buckle” around his retina to keep it in place and injected a gas bubble into his eye to act as a bandage. While the surgery went as planned, he will still be unable to see “for the next few weeks until the gas bubble dissipates.”

He will also be unable to fly because the temperature changes during a flight might cause the gas bubble to expand.

Crenshaw will not be posting on social media and is “focusing on my recovery so I can be back to 100% as soon as possible,” but his congressional offices in Washington and Texas “continue to function as normal.”

Crenshaw first rose to prominence when he ran for his Houston-area seat in 2018. His physical appearance was mocked on “Saturday Night Live,” though he got plaudits from members of both parties after he went on the show the following week to accept an apology.