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Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic leaders Reid and Pelosi spoke about the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security if Congress can not pass a bill to fund the department. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid listens during a press conference on Capitol Hill on February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic leaders Reid and Nancy Pelosi spoke about the possible shutdown of the US Department of Homeland Security if Congress cannot pass a bill to fund the department. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) listens during a press conference on Capitol Hill February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic leaders Reid and Pelosi spoke about the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security if Congress can not pass a bill to fund the department. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) listens while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic leaders Reid and Pelosi spoke about the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security if Congress can not pass a bill to fund the department. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) listens while Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic leaders Reid and Pelosi spoke about the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security if Congress can not pass a bill to fund the department. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answer reporters' questions during a news conference in the Radio Television Gallery at the U.S. Captiol February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Reid and Pelosi were critical of the Republican leadership in the House and Senate because of the delay in funding for the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answer reporters' questions during a news conference in the Radio Television Gallery at the U.S. Captiol February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Reid and Pelosi were critical of the Republican leadership in the House and Senate because of the delay in funding for the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) answers reports' questions during a news conference in the Radio Television Gallery at the U.S. Captiol February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were critical of the Republican leadership in the House and Senate because of the delay in funding for the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Comedy on Capitol Hill - the intentional kind, anyway - is pretty rare.

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi got chuckles Thursday when she started a news conference by donning dark glasses, a teasingly sympathetic gesture to the man standing next to her, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

"I brought my glasses to be like Harry, but he switched on me," Pelosi said, removing her shades.

In recent days, Reid indeed has worn dark glasses in the Capitol, partly hiding the serious injury to his right eye suffered while exercising at his Nevada home on New Year's Day.

Reid said an elastic exercise band snapped, causing him to fall and break bones in his face. He had two surgeries in January, including one to replace his cornea. He belatedly joined the new Congress, wearing a large bandage over his right eye and cheek.

The bandage eventually gave way to dark glasses. On Thursday, Reid faced cameras in normal reading glasses, but with an opaque right lens to hide the injured eye.

The extent to which Reid might recover sight in the eye won't be known for weeks, aides say.

Pelosi and Reid used the press conference to berate Republicans for refusing to fund the Department of Homeland Security unless Congress reverses President Barack Obama's changes to deportation policies.

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