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Reid's Eye Surgery Removes Blood Clot, Doctors 'Optimistic' He'll Regain Vision

Reid underwent the three-and-a-half hour surgery on Monday.
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

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is "cracking jokes" this afternoon after a "successful" eye surgery to remove a blood clot in his right eye, his office said Monday evening.

Doctors are optimistic that Reid, who underwent the three and a half hour surgery Monday, will regain vision in the eye, although there "is no definitive verdict yet."
Reid broke several ribs and facial bones on New Years Day after an exercise band he was using broke and threw him into some cabinets in his home.
He returned to work last week wearing heavy bandages on his face.
His office's full statement is below:

"Senator Reid was released from the hospital this afternoon and is currently sitting in his living room with Mrs. Reid, cracking jokes and asking about the whip count for this evening's vote on the Keystone pipeline legislation."The surgery took three and a half hours and was successful in removing the blood clot in his right eye, additional blood from the front of his right eye and repairing the orbital bones in his right brow, temple and cheek. During the surgery, Senator Reid was under full anesthesia. Doctors have said they are optimistic about his prospects for regaining vision in his right eye but there is no definitive verdict yet.Senator Reid will recuperate from his residence this week and continue to monitor the Senate floor closely through meetings and phone calls with his fellow senators, the White House and staff."

- Frank Thorp and Carrie Dann