FORT WORTH — Lingering problems from a bicycle crash over a year ago that left Mayor Betsy Price with a concussion and a broken collarbone are leading her to the surgeon’s table in November.Price, who crashed her bicycle 15 months ago on the Trinity Trails, will have surgery on her right eye Nov. 13 to correct double vision.Dr. Michael Hunt, a pediatric eye specialist, will cut through the white portion of her eye to get to the muscle. Price said she will be “knocked out” for the one-hour surgery. “I’ve never had any kind of surgery except for my cataract, and they don’t knock you out for that. This will be my first time,” Price said with a nervous laugh. The surgery is considered low-risk, she said. If the surgery does not correct the problem, doctors can do additional surgery, and if damage is caused during the procedure, they should be able to reverse it, Price said. She should be out of the office for two to three days after the surgery. The double vision affects her peripheral sight, which makes it more difficult to drive, ride her bicycle and perform other daily activities, like walking down stairs.“It has just gotten to where it hampers me. ... I guess I’m just tired of dealing with it,” she said. Things could have been worse, Price believes, if she hadn’t been wearing her helmet when she crashed. The helmet, was cracked when she hit the ground, is kept in her office as a reminder for both kids and adults to wear helmets. “It either saved my life or reduced my chances of very serious injury,” she said. Price was riding her bicycle with her husband near Interstate 30 and Beach Street when she crashed in June 2012, landing on her head and losing consciousness for about four minutes. She was out of the office for just under a week, and had her arm in a sling for five weeks as her collarbone healed. Since her recovery, she has continued to lead Rolling Town Halls by bicycle in an effort to keep Fort Worth healthy and active. The last Rolling Town Hall for 2013 was a Halloween-themed ride on Saturday.
Caty Hirst, 817-390-7984 Twitter: @catyhirst