Queen Elizabeth Underwent Cataract Surgery Last Month

Clay Curtis
June 10, 2018

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.

The Queen had surgery last month to remove a cataract from her eye, Buckingham Palace has said.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, attends the opening of "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries" at Westminster Abbey in London, June 8, 2018.

In April, the husband of Elizabeth II - Duke of Edinburgh Philip - had surgery on the hip joint.

The Queen hasn't been spotted without her sunglasses during recent official engagements, and now we know the reason why. "I have to be seen to be believed", she has said about her job as head of state.

Cataracts occur when the lens, a small transparent disc inside the eye, develops cloudy patches, over time growing and causing blurry, misted vision and even blindness if left untreated.

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The Queen Mother had an operation to remove a cataract from her left eye when she was 95 in 1995, but after her surgery she spent a night in King Edward VII hospital, unlike her daughter.

In 2013 she had her first hospital stay in 10 years when she had symptoms of gastroenteritis.

It is performed under local anesthetic and is usually concluded within 40 minutes.

It is the most common operation in the United Kingdom, from which it takes four to six weeks to recover.

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

The joint engagement is not unprecedented: After the former Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, and the former Camilla Parker Bowles married Prince Charles in 2005, they, too, were invited by the queen on joint engagements - and once together - to welcome them to the family firm, and give them a taste of their new roles as royals.

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