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Queen Elizabeth had successful eye surgery: Palace

Queen Elizabeth had successful eye surgery: Palace Queen Elizabeth had successful eye surgery: Palace
Bennie Garza | 10 June, 2018, 21:40

Her Majesty "successfully underwent a short planned procedure", a spokesman confirmed.

It's just been revealed that the Queen had a cataract treated at King Edward VII Hospital last month, amidst a busy schedule that included hosting the President of Turkey and his wife, throwing a garden party as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

The Queen mother underwent cataract surgery in her left eye in 1995 when she was 95.

The head of state did not cancel or postpone any engagements leading up to the surgery.

A cataract is "a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil", according to a definition by All About Vision. Over time these patches can become bigger, causing blurry, misty vision and eventually blindness if left untreated.

Queen Elizabeth, 92, the world's oldest monarch, underwent successful surgery to treat an eye cataract last month, Buckingham Palace said on Friday.

The condition can affect the ability to carry out daily activities such as driving. A person can be more at risk of developing them if they have a family history of cataracts.

Queen Elizabeth arrives at Epsom Downs racecourse in Surrey on June 2 for the 2018 Epsom Derby Day
Queen Elizabeth arrives at Epsom Downs racecourse in Surrey on June 2 for the 2018 Epsom Derby Day

Despite her age, the queen is known for her robust health and still carries out hundreds of engagements every year.

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

She usually attends hospital for an annual routine check-up.

During the operation, a tiny cut is made in the eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear plastic one.

It is the most common operation performed in the United Kingdom, with a high success rate in improving eyesight.

It is performed under local anesthetic and is usually concluded within 40 minutes. During recovery, patients have to protect their eyes from bright light for at least a few weeks.

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