Houston Rep. Dan Crenshaw again in Home Committee first motion after emergency eye surgical procedure
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, said he was returning to committee meetings and hearings after undergoing eye surgery in early April that resulted from injuries sustained when he lost an eye in Afghanistan.
The former Navy SEAL said on a video taped in his hometown that he attended a meeting of the House’s Energy and Trade Committee Thursday when he “still can’t see you,” and said it was a few more weeks will until he can. He said it will be months before he hopes to get back to normal.
But right now, “even a blind ankle tug can hold committee hearings,” Crenshaw quipped.
Crenshaw announced in a statement in early April that he would be “as good as off the net” when he had to undergo emergency surgery after doctors found his retina was due to peel off. After Crenshaw noticed “dark, blurry spots” in his vision, his wife Tara drove him to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.
At the time, Crenshaw said the prognosis was “terrifying” considering he only had one eye due to injuries sustained when he was hit by an IED explosion during his third deployment to Helmand Province , damaged his left eye and cost his right.
“Don’t even feel bad for me,” Crenshaw said at the hearing. “We raise our right hand and then ask to go to war, and sometimes it does.”
Crenshaw currently described his vision as “putting on a diving mask – and blocking out half of it, of course – and then injecting some sort of bubbly, soapy solution into it so you can see through the bubbles and then wiping the outer lens with some petroleum jelly for a good measure,” he wrote on his Twitter on Thursday.
His view is still obscured because doctors put a “silicone buckle” around his retina and during surgery and use a laser as a “glue” around the edges of my retina, “he said in an April 23 statement on the site of the retina the doctors injected a gas bubble to “act as a bandage for my retina and keep it from coming off”.
“So I can’t see anything right now and I won’t be able to see it for the next few weeks until the gas bubble clears,” said Crenshaw.
Crenshaw said his doctors were “optimistic”.
“The retina stays in place, which means we’re hoping to get back to a sense of normality over the next few months, which means I can basically get my eyesight back to normal,” Crenshaw said. “This is what we hope for and we are optimistic that it will happen.”
In the meantime, it carries out its official duties, such as attending committee hearings, and its congressional offices in Houston and Washington continue to operate as usual.
“We’ll be back in action soon,” he said.