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Ore. governor to have eye surgery

The Columbian
Published: June 24, 2010, 12:00am

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he’ll undergo eye surgery next week to deal with a condition that has caused him to lose vision in his left eye.

The governor suffered a vitreous hemorrhage in the eye in May. That prevented him from joining an Oregon delegation on a two-week business mission to Asia.

His office says the hemorrhage was due to fragile, abnormal blood vessels that have grown in the retina of the eye.

On June 30, he’s scheduled for outpatient surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. Kulongoski spokeswoman Anna Richter Taylor said Wednesday the procedure involves surgical removal of the vitreous gel from the middle of the eye so full vision can be restored. Recovery is expected to take a couple of weeks but Taylor says she expects him to be out of the office only for the remainder of the week of the surgery. She adds he’ll be able to perform all his official duties.