Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Queen Elizabeth II had successful eye surgery: Palace

Queen Elizabeth II had successful eye surgery: Palace

She did not have to cancel any official engagements after the treatment, a royal source said, although the Queen has been pictured wearing sunglasses at some recent events.

The Press Association reported that she was treated as a day patient at the King Edward VII's hospital in London.

The Queen did not cancel or postpone any engagements as a result of the operation.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, leading to a decrease in vision.

Queen Elizabeth, 92, the world's oldest monarch, underwent successful surgery at a London hospital to treat an eye cataract last month, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. In 2013 she had her first hospital stay in 10 years when she had symptoms of gastroenteritis. Most people start to develop cataracts after the age of 65, but some people in their forties and fifties can also develop them.

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Unlike her daughter, she spent the night in the King Edward VII Hospital.

In 2016, she missed the annual Christmas service she usually attends with her family on her estate in Sandringham, eastern England, due to a heavy cold.

The straightforward procedure usually takes 30 to 45 minutes.

It is often carried out as day surgery under local anaesthetic and patients usually go home on the same day. It has been confirmed that the monarch underwent eye surgery to remove a cataract in May, and has been wearing shades as it can take four to six weeks to recover from the routine operation.

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