Harry Reid to Get Eye Surgery at GW Hospital | DC Inno


Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid suffered from a workout turned disaster New Year’s Day that has left him without sight from his right eye. An exercise band snapped, throwing him from his machine and causing the 75-year-old lawmaker to fall and break several ribs and bones in his face and injure his eye. Reid will undergo eye surgery at George Washington University Hospital on Monday that will hopefully help him recover his full vision.


“On Monday, as a necessary step to assist in recovering full vision in his right eye, Senator Reid will undergo surgery on his right eye at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Senator Reid was notified that this surgery will be necessary following a doctor’s appointment yesterday,” read a statement from Reid’s office issued Wednesday.


“Sen. Reid is expected to be released from the hospital quickly following the surgery but under doctor’s orders to minimize strain in his right eye, he will have to work from his D.C. home next week. His broken ribs are healing well and he will continue to maintain a busy schedule next week as his right eye heals.”


GW Hospital is located near Reid’s home, making it the easiest place to travel to for medical attention. But Reid wouldn’t choose to go to the most convenient hospital for eye surgery, he would only go to the best surely, which would explain why he would go with the Department of Ophthalmology at GW Hospital well-known for its on-site services.


on GW’s website, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of Oculoplastics Craig E. Giest, M.D. said, “Our physicians have earned national and international recognition as clinicians and educators.” He added that the university’s facilities “allow for the dedicated treatment of a variety of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and a host of related eye diseases.”


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