Rep. Dan Crenshaw to Take Leave From Congress After Eye Surgery

April 10, 2021 Updated: April 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), a former Navy SEAL who lost his right eye in an explosion in Afghanistan, said on Saturday he will take a month-long leave of absence from Congress after emergency surgery for a detaching retina in his other eye.

“The surgery went well, but I will be effectively blind for about a month,” the Texas Republican wrote in a statement on Twitter. He said his congressional offices will remain open but apologized to constituents for being “pretty much off the grid for the next few weeks.”

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.

“Anyone who knows the history of my injuries knows that I don’t have a ‘good eye,’ but half a good eye,” Crenshaw said in the statement.

“This is a terrifying prognosis for someone with one eye,” he added. “I have gotten through worse before, and I will get through this.”