Reid, having trouble seeing from right eye, aims for Senate return

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), October 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), October 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C. MCT

Harry Reid says he’s having trouble seeing from his right eye, and might not regain his sight there, but intends to come back at full strength from a recent injury.

“I had a serious injury in my eye, there’s blood accumulation there and we’re hoping that resolves itself,” he told Dave Becker of KNPR’s State of Nevada program. “As long as the blood is in the eye, it’s hard to see the eye every place because all the instruments they use, you can’t see if there’s blood in the way”

Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, has been absent from Congress this week, and Senate Assistant Minority Leader Richard Durbin, D-Ill., has filled in.

Reid injured himself while exercising, breaking mulitple bones near his right eye. He also fell and broke several ribs.

“Bruising has moved down in my face,” he said Friday.

He described what happened: “Three days a week I have an exercise routine. I do 250 sit-ups, I do some yoga type stuff for a little while and then I’ve been using for the last three or plus years these bands. And I use the one that’s the second strongest you can get, it’s dark grey.

“Anyway, I do those things hundreds of times three days a week. I do different routines and I was doing--almost finished--at my new home in Nevada and the band broke and it catapulted me backwards into one side and I crashed into a series of cabinets we have, and fortunately it missed my temple by just a little tiny bit and it hit me in my right eye and I broke a number of bones around my eye and broke four ribs and a few bruises in other places.”

Discussing his eye, Reid said of his doctors, “I have great confidence they’re doing everything they can to help me and I’m following their orders and directions. There are things that--I am more dependent on my staff now because I’m not to be reading a bunch of emails and stuff like that because you have one bad eye and one good eye, and you overwork that good eye, it puts too much pressure on the bad eye. So they basically told me to be very careful in how I strain my eye.”

And he plans to come back strong. “ I’ve been set back a little bit,” Reid said, “but I’m in the process of getting set up for the next go-round.”