His fluke New Year’s Day exercise accident has blinded Sen. Harry Reid in one eye and damaged his depth perception.
“I’m sightless in my right eye,” Reid (D-Nev.) told Jorge Ramos in a Univision interview. “… Right now I’ve had 11 hours of surgery. They’ve tried. I can’t see out of my right eye.”
The onetime boxer fractured bones in his face while strength training at home in Nevada with an exercise band that he’d been using for about four years. The band came undone from a hook in the wall, spinning Reid around and smashing his face into a cabinet.
Reid, 75, returned to the Senate badly bruised, bandaged and wearing protective eyeglasses. The Democratic minority leader announced last month he won’t seek re-election in 2016 — paving the way for New York’s Sen. Charles Schumer to become the new party leader.
Reid says he’s come to terms with his condition.