Former Navy SEAL said he would be “effectively blind” in the coming weeks, while continuing to recover.
Crenshaw, R-Houston, said he will be off the grid for a few weeks, as he will be “effectively blind” as he continues to recover from the procedure.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above is from an January 2021 interview with Inside Texas Politics.
The congressman said it all started when he noticed blurred spots in his vision and went to be examined by an ophthalmologist on Thursday. It was then that they discovered retinal detachment.
“This is a terrible prognosis for someone with an eye, and the nature of the injuries I have suffered in Afghanistan. Anyone who knows the story of my injuries knows that I don’t have a ‘good eye’, but half a good eye, ”said Crenshaw. “The 2012 explosion caused cataracts, excessive tissue damage and extensive damage to my retina. There was always the possibility that the effects of the damage to my retina would return to the surface, and it seems that this is exactly what happened ”.
The former US Navy SEAL was originally injured in its third deployment in 2012, when it was hit by an explosion of FDI during a mission in Afghanistan. The explosion destroyed his right eye and left his left eye severely damaged.
He regained vision in his left eye after several surgeries and was implanted twice serving in the Middle East in 2014 and then in South Korea in 2016.
Crenshaw said his prognosis on Thursday was very poor and his wife took him for emergency surgery on Friday morning at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.
He said the surgery went well and thanked the doctors and nurses who took care of him.
“I want to especially thank the phenomenal team of doctors and nurses from VA who took such good care of me,” said the congressman. “During the surgery, a gas bubble was placed in my eye, which works as a dressing for my retina. That means I have to be face down for the next week or so, unable to see anything. “
Crenshaw explained that he will not conduct interviews and will post on social media for a while, except to provide updates on his health and recovery.
Its Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. and Houston will continue to operate to assist constituents.
“I’ve been through worse things before and I’m going to get over it,” said Crenshaw. “I have Tara by my side and we are here in Houston with a lot of support. Some prayers that my vision will return to normal and that I have a full recovery would not hurt, and would be greatly appreciated. I thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers and support. “
What is retinal detachment?
According to National Eye Institute, retinal detachment is an eye problem that occurs when the retina, a layer of light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, is removed from its normal position at the back of the eye.
Those who suffer from retinal detachment may not be able to see as clearly as normal and may notice other sudden symptoms, including:
- Many new floats, small dark spots or irregular lines that float in your view
- Flashes of light in one eye or both eyes
- A dark shadow or “curtain” on the sides or in the middle of your field of view
The NEI says that a retinal detachment is a medical emergency, and if someone has symptoms, you should see an ophthalmologist or an emergency room immediately.
Doctors say that symptoms of retinal detachment usually appear quickly and, if not treated immediately, may increase the risk of permanent vision loss or blindness.