Gov. Ted Kulongoski
has had to cancel his participation on a two-week trade mission
to Asia because of a vitreous hemorrhage
in his left eye that prevents him from flying.
A press release from the governor's office says the "cause of the hemorrhage is abnormal blood vessels growth in the retina, which are fragile and can bleed." The 69-year-old governor, who's in his final year of office, does have temporarily impaired vision in his left eye, but is fully capable of carrying out his other duties and is expected to regain normal vision in his affected eye, his office says.