Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

The Queen had eye surgery to remove cataract last month

The Queen had eye surgery to remove cataract last month

The Queen has had eye surgery to remove a cataract.

"I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short planned procedure to treat a cataract last month", the spokesperson said.

The Queen was out today at Westminster Abbey with her son Prince Charles to open the The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries - a collection from the Abbey which dates from the 10th century.

21 April in London hosted a star-studded concert in honor of the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth.

The news explains why The Queen has been wearing sunglasses at her most recent appearances.

The Queen at Epsom Racecourse Surrey UK on June 2nd following cataract surgery
The Queen at Epsom Racecourse Surrey UK on June 2nd following cataract surgery

The 92-year-old monarch underwent the procedure in May, a Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed.

Cataract surgery is the most common operation in the United Kingdom, and involves replacing the cloudy lens with an artificial one.

Cataracts, which are most common in the elderly, occur when changes in the lens of the eye cause it to become less transparent, which results in cloudy or misty vision.

Her outpatient surgery, which was not announced at the time of the procedure, took place at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in central London, where Philip had his hip surgery. It is typically carried out as day surgery under local anaesthetic and patients usually go home on the same day, but it can take four to six weeks to recover. During recovery, patients have to protect their eyes from bright light for at least a few weeks.

Next week, Queen Elizabeth will travel by royal train to Cheshire, accompanied by Meghan Markle.

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