Queen Elizabeth had eye surgery for a cataract in May – People
Britain’s 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth II underwent eye surgery to remove a cataract in May, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday.
“I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short, planned procedure to treat a cataract last month,” a palace spokesperson said.
Cataracts occur when the lens, a small transparent disc inside the eye, develops cloudy patches, which over time develop and cause blurry, hazy vision, and even blindness if not. processed.
In recent weeks, the British monarch has been seen wearing sunglasses at several events including the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Buckingham Palace garden parties.
Normally an impeccable observer of decorum, the Queen is believed to have donned the sunglasses on the advice of doctors as one eye recovers from surgery to replace the cloudy lens with an artificial lens.
Cataract surgery typically only takes 30 to 45 minutes under local anesthesia, but a person can take four to six weeks to fully recover.
Despite turning 92 in April, the Queen traditionally celebrates an official birthday on the second Saturday in June – this weekend – to take advantage of more favorable weather.
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Her husband, Prince Philip, will then celebrate his 97th birthday on Sunday.
The palace announced that he had successfully undergone hip surgery in April after retiring from public life last summer, after attending more than 22,000 engagements and giving nearly 5,500 speeches over years.