Queen Elizabeth in hospital: What are cataracts? Has she fully recovered? – Daily News

 The Queen had a successful procedure in May and was treated at the private King Edward VII’s hospital in Westminster as a day patient  A Buckingham Palace spokesman said on Friday: “I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short, planned procedure to treat a cataract last month ” Express.co.uk understands the Queen underwent surgery on May 4 – two weeks before the Royal Wedding  What are cataracts? Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye that can cause a decrease in vision  If left untreated they can lead to blindness. They are more usual in older people but can also occur in babies and young children  The NHS says as people get older their eyes can “start to become frosted, like bathroom glass”, limiting vision  Patches appear in both eyes and often develop independently of one another.  Drivers who have cataracts in both eyes must inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) as it can affect their ability to drive Has the Queen fully recovered? The Queen is doing well although it can take a full four to six weeks to make a full recovery  She has been spotted at recent royal events wearing dark sunglasses. But some of her trips, including a two-day visit to Rome, have been cancelled in recent weeks What are the symptoms of cataracts? Common symptoms of cataracts are as follows:Blurred, misty or cloudy visionDifficulty in seeing things in lower lightFinding colours look dad or less clearLights appear too bright or glaring People with cataracts may also experience double visions or haloes of light around bright lights, according to Specsavers  The condition is not painful and can be corrected with a simple procedure, taking around 30 to 45 minutes on average Does cataracts run in the family? Having relatives with cataracts can increase your chance of developing them  The Queen is not the first royal to have cataracts. Her mother, the Queen Mother, underwent an overnight operation in 1995 to remove a cataract at the age of 95

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