Congressman Keating Recovering from Eye Surgery

BOURNE – U.S. Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA-9th District) has been out of Washington D.C. for the past few weeks.

The Bourne Democrat has been recovering from an early-December eye surgery he underwent to correct a macular hole.

Keating made the announcement on his Twitter page last week.

Keating, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee, explained his absence from Washington D.C. in a series of tweets regarding war in Yemen and the killing of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Without question, I would have joined with my colleagues in the Massachusetts delegation to advance legislation on the war in Yemen had I been in DC,” Keating tweeted on December 13.

“I was unable to be in Washington for votes because I recently had surgery to correct a macular hole in my eye and am still in Bourne recovering. I look forward to returning to my regular schedule very soon and in the meantime will continue to work from home through my recovery.”

Keating is the ranking member of the Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee. He joined a Congressional delegation to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, shortly after the 2011 execution of Osama Bin Laden.

A macular hole is a small break in the macula, located in the center of the retina. The macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail.

The institute also says macular holes are most common in people over the age of 60.

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

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