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Harry Reid will have surgery next week on his right eye

A spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Wednesday that Reid will have surgery next week in an effort to save his vision in his right eye after a New Year's Day exercising accident.

"On Monday, as a necessary step to assist in recovering full vision in his right eye, Senator Reid will undergo surgery on his right eye at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.," spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said. "Senator Reid was notified that this surgery will be necessary following a doctor's appointment yesterday."

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will have surgery on his right eye next week. Image: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

Orthman said Reid is expected to be released soon after the surgery, but that he would continue to work at home at least through next week.

Reid broke three ribs and some bones around his right eye, and has said he could lose sight in that eye as a result.

Reid was exercising with rubber exercise bands on New Year's Day when one snapped, which caused him to fall.

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