Harry Reid Might Not Regain Vision in Eye
It's not a 'slam dunk,' he says after exercise accident
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2015 12:58 PM CST
Harry Reid, before his accident.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Harry Reid's accident while exercising looks to be more serious than thought on at least one front: He tells KNPR in Nevada that it's not a "slam dunk" he'll regain vision in his right eye. He said doctors were "very hopeful" but added that it was a serious injury, reports NBC News. "There's blood accumulation there, and they're hoping that resolves itself." For now, the 75-year-old Senate minority leader is relying on staffers to read him documents and emails to avoid undue stress on his healthy eye, reports the Washington Post.

So what happened? Reid says he was doing his regular exercise routine, which involves stretching exercise bands:

  • He was "almost finished at my new home in Nevada and the band broke, and it catapulted me backwards and to one side. 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 it broke a number of bones around my right eye and broke four ribs and a few bruises other places."