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Harry Reid has lost his vision in his right eye

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2015.

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid still can't see out of his right eye after an accident in the gym earlier this year.

"I'm sightless in my right eye," he told Univision host Jorge Ramos, in an interview Tuesday.

But he also said he's not scared. "I can't see out of my eye, and that's the way it's going to be until something comes along that'll change it."

"I can live with that," he added.

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Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on January 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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Reid said he has already had 11 hours of surgery for the accident, which occurred when an exercise band he was using at his home in Nevada snapped. He fell, resulting in four broken ribs and several broken bones near his right eye.

Since his return to work in the Senate in late January, he has often sported a pair of glasses that block out the right lens.

The minority leader announced late last month that he would not run for re-election in 2016, choosing to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate rather than his own re-election. In a radio interview with KNPR before he announced his retirement, however, he said the injury would not factor into that decision.

  • Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca Kaplan is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.