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Harry Reid ‘Hopeful’ He’ll Recover Sight in Eye After Exercising Accident

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says doctors are “very hopeful” that he’ll regain sight in his right eye after a recent exercising accident but that it’s not a “slam dunk.”

“I had a serious injury in my eye,” he said in an interview with KNPR in Nevada. “There’s blood accumulation there, and they’re hoping that resolves itself.”

“It’s a day to day deal,” he added, saying that he’s limiting his reading to prevent straining his healthy eye.

Reid, who is 75, boasted of his regular fitness routine before the New Years Day mishap, said he typically does 250 sit-ups, “yoga-type stuff” and exercise band reps three times a week.

“You have a lot of people listening to your radio program,” he said. “I don’t know how many people out there could sit down and do 250 pushups or do the strength exercises that I did hundreds and hundreds of times every week, three times a week. So no one has to question my physical ability.”

Asked if the accident influenced his decision to run for re-election in 2016, Reid replied: “No, not really. No. No.”

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