UK's Queen underwent eye surgery for cataract in May


In 1995, when she was 95, the Queen Mother had a cataract removed from her left eye.

When approached, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short planned procedure to treat a cataract last month".

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.

And this is after her husband, Prince Philip, who will turn 97 on Sunday, had major surgery for a hip replacement in April.

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The 92-year-old monarch underwent the successful procedure in May.

The reporters found that Elizabeth had surgery in a private London hospital King Edward VII.

She did not have to cancel any official engagements after the treatment, a royal source said, although at some recent events, the queen has been pictured wearing sunglasses.

When cataracts develop, they can cause vision to become blurry or hazy.

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The last time Queen Elizabeth was in hospital was in 2013 at age 86 after she suffered a bout of gastroenteritis.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, leading to a decrease in vision. It is the most common operation performed in the United Kingdom, taking 30-45 minutes, and has a high success rate. It can take four to six weeks to recover.

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

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