On June 15, 2012, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who was a US Navy Seal at the time, was engaged in combat in Afghanistan where he lost one of his eyes in an IED blast. In a statement released today, Rep. Crenshaw explains that the vision in his “good” eye has now compromised as a result of the same horrible accident in Afghanistan

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Today, in a statement released by conservative US Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), he revealed that he will be taking a one-month leave from his congressional duties to recover from eye surgery. Crenshaw explained in a statement that the surgery will cause him to have to lie face down for two weeks and that it will leave him “effectively blind” for a month.

“This is a terrifying prognosis for someone with one eye, and the nature of the injuries that I sustained in Afghanistan,” Crenshaw’s statement read. “Anyone who knows the history of my injuries knows that I don’t have a ‘good eye,’ but half a good eye.

Crenshaw explained, “The blast from 2012 caused a cataract, excessive tissue damage, and extensive damage to my retina. It was always a possibility that the effects of the damage to my retina would resurface, and it appears that is exactly what has happened.” In his statement, he assured everyone that he has been through worse and plans to “get through this,” as well.

“The surgery went well, but I will be effectively blind for about a month. During the surgery, they put a gas bubble in my eye, which acts as a bandage for my retina. This means I have to be face-down for the next week or so, unable to see anything,” Crenshaw explained.

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Here’s a copy of his statement:

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Please pray fora. full recovery for the popular Republican Representative from Texas.

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