Queen Elizabeth II recovering from cataract surgery

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                    The Queen

Max Mumby Indigo via Getty Images The Queen

The Queen was treated as a day patient at the private King Edward VII's hospital in London.

"I can confirm that the Queen has successfully passed short elective surgery to treat cataracts in the past month", - said the representative of the Palace.

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

Cataracts are cloudy patches on the eye's lens which can cause blurred vision and eventually blindness.

Earlier on Friday, a smiling Elizabeth appeared without glasses to open the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at London's Westminster Abbey along with her son and heir Prince Charles.

The Queen had been seen wearing sunglasses in public during recent royal engagements.

Cataracts are more common in the elderly and can affect the ability to carry out daily activities such as driving.


We've always known Queen Elizabeth is one tough lady, whether she was greasing elbows as a mechanic and truck driver during World War 2 or taking up the mantle of Queen at a young age.

A family history of cataracts can increase the risk of developing them.

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

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

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

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

The surgeon will make a small incision in the eye to remove the cloudy lens, and then replace it with a clear one.

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