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Savannah Guthrie undergoing eye surgery to repair injured retina

The TODAY anchor is having surgery on her torn retina following unsuccessful laser treatments.

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By Scott Stump

Savannah Guthrie was not on TODAY Wednesday because she is undergoing retinal detachment surgery on her right eye following an accident involving her 3-year-old son late last month.

Craig Melvin and Hoda Kotb announced on TODAY that Savannah had to have eye surgery on Wednesday after having undergone a series of laser treatments on the eye. Savannah's son, Charley, accidentally jabbed her in the right eye with the pointy end of a toy train.

"She's had some laser treatment, so now she's actually going through the surgery,'' Hoda said. "We wish for a very speedy recovery."

Hoda added that Savannah plans to keep everyone updated on her condition in the coming days.

Savannah tweeted Wednesday night to say the surgery was successful and she was at home resting.

"I am home resting for a while," she wrote. "Very grateful to my doctors, prayers of good friends and my hub @feldmike who has swooped in like a superhero."

She also shared a cute photo of the "out of office" sign her son made for her room!

Her doctors had initially hoped to avoid surgery by using laser treatments after she suffered a torn retina. Savannah estimated she had undergone about five laser treatments, but ultimately had to get surgery.

"The vision is getting better every day, but I'm still blurry,'' Savannah said Dec. 3 on TODAY during her last update on her condition. "Right now it's like having one contact (lens) in and (one) out. When it first started though, it was like a complete blur. I couldn't have seen anything."

Despite her impaired vision, Savannah still was able to co-host this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

She previously missed two days on the show in late November in the immediate aftermath of the accident, which came when Charley was sitting in her lap and inadvertently hit her in the eye.

"They're essentially trying to weld back this tear in the retina very carefully, and really trying hard to avoid the retina detaching and avoid having to do a major surgery," she said at the time.

It's unclear exactly what type of retinal detachment surgery Savannah is undergoing. Dr. Annie Negrin, a board-certified ophthalmologist, said on TODAY last week that undergoing retinal surgery can involve having to be face down at all times for up to three weeks.