Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) revealed on Saturday that he just experienced a devastating medical emergency resulting in a serious diagnosis and subsequent treatment that will leave him temporarily blind for several weeks.
Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL who lost his right eye in an IUD explosion while serving a deployment in Afghanistan, explained that his remaining eye was already in fragile condition after the devastating blast, and the damage sustained in his left eye suddenly deteriorated earlier this week.
In a statement released via Twitter Saturday morning, Crenshaw updated supporters on his experience and current prognosis and assured followers that he’s now recovering from the required emergency surgery in Houston for the time being.
Crenshaw wrote in the statement that he began experiencing “some dark blurry spots” in his left eye on Thursday, prompting him to visit an ophthalmologist. The physician “discovered that my retina was detaching” — a “terrifying prognosis,” though one that wasn’t entirely unexpected.
The Texas representative 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.
After receiving the diagnosis, Crenshaw was rushed to an emergency surgery in which his medical team placed a “glass bubble” in his eye to act as a “bandage.”
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 10, 2021
Crenshaw wrote that due to the intensity of the recovery from the surgery — he has to lie “face-down for the next week or so, unable to see anything” and will be “effectively blind” for up to a month — he’ll be taking a step back from the public eye to keep close tabs on his own health.