Tuesday, May 20, 2008

NY governor being treated for acute glaucoma

NY Gov. David Paterson

After being taking to Manhattan's Mount Sinai Medical Center May 20 for migraine symptoms, New York Gov. David Paterson, who has been legally blind since childhood, has now been diagnosed with acute glaucoma in his left eye and will be receiving an outpatient laser procedure, The AP reports.

Paterson's office said in a statement that the procedure "will not have any long-term impact on the governor's overall health."

The governor will remain conscious during the procedure. But "in an abundance of caution, the Senate majority leader and the Assembly speaker were advised," Paterson's office said.