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    Rep. Dan Crenshaw has announced he will be ‘blind for a month’ and going ‘off the grid’ after undergoing emergency surgery for his left eye.<br>The congressman, 37, who lost his right eye while serving in , revealed on Saturday that he has been experiencing complications with his vision.<br>’I am sorry to inform everyone that I will be pretty much off the grid for the next few weeks,’ he said in a statement shared on social media. <br>’A few days ago, I noticed some dark, blurry spots in my vision, which seemed out of the ordinary.

    I went to get this checked out by an ophthalmologist on Thursday and they discovered that my retina was detaching.<br>’This is a terrifying prognosis for someone with one eye, and the nature of the injuries that I sustained in Afghanistan.’ <br> Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw has revealed he underwent emergency surgery for his left eye on Friday and will be temporarily blind <br> The Texas congressman, 37, said he was experiencing complications with his left eye stemming from his injury in Afghanistan in 2012 <br>Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, wears an eyepatch after losing his right eye when a bomb detonated in Afghanistan during his third deployment in 2012. <br>Although he can still see from his left, he explained the blast also caused a cataract and extensive damage to the retina, and there was ‘always a possibility’ that the effects of the injury would resurface.<br>’Anyone who knows the history of my injuries knows that I don’t have a ‘good eye,’ but half a good eye,’ he added. <br>’The prognosis I received Thursday is obviously very bad.

    Tara [his wife] drove me to emergency surgery on Friday morning at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston and was by my side the entire time.<br>’The surgery went well, but I will be effectively blind for about a month.

    I want to especially thank the phenomenal team of doctors and nurses at the VA who took such good care of me.’ <br> Crenshaw explained doctors put a ‘gas bubble’ in his eye that will serve as a bandage for his retina, meaning he will have to spend the next week ‘face-down’ and won’t be able to see<br> Crenshaw, 37, a former Navy lieutenant commander who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said the retina in his left eye appeared to be detaching as a result of extensive damage suffered in a 2012 attack in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province<br>Crenshaw said doctors put a ‘gas bubble’ in his eye that will serve as a bandage for his retina, meaning he’ll have to spend the next week ‘face-down’ and won’t be able to see.  <br>’This is why you’re not going to hear from me for a while.

    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,’ he added. <br> RELATED ARTICLES

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    ‘I have gotten through worse before and I will get through this. I’ve got Tara by my side, and we are here in Houston with plenty of support. 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.'<br> Crenshaw, pictured with his wife Tara Crenshaw in 2018, said he will be taking time off to focus on his recovery<br>The Texas Republican’s congressional offices in Washington, D.C.

    and Houston will continue to operate and will still be taking calls from constituents while he recovers, Crenshaw said.<br>Crenshaw was reelected in November representing Texas’ 2nd Congressional District in the Houston area.  <br>The congressman made national headlines in 2018 after comedian Pete Davidson made fun of his eyepatch on Saturday Night Live.  <br>Davidson had joked that Crenshaw looked like ‘a hitman in a free plump women porno movie’.  <br>He then took it a step further by mocking his battle wounds.

    ‘I’m sorry,’ he added. ‘I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.’ <br>The joke was widely criticized. But Crenshaw appeared on the show alongside Davidson a week later to accept his apology. <br>

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