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Harry Reid Will Undergo Eye Surgery

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Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) leaves a meeting with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. Reid returned to work at the US Capitol on Tuesday for the first time since suffering injuries in an exercise accident in late December at his Las Vegas-area home. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty ImagesBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP - Getty Images

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will undergo eye surgery "as a necessary step to assist in recovering full vision," his office said Wednesday.

Reid broke several bones in his face during a New Years Day exercising accident, causing damage to his right eye. He has told reporters that he is "hopeful" he will recover his full vision.

Reid's office said the surgery will take place on Monday at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C.

"Senator 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 DC home next week," said Kristen Orthman, Reid's deputy communications director. "His broken ribs are healing well and he will continue to maintain a busy schedule next week as his right eye heals."

- Carrie Dann

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