Britain's Queen Elizabeth, 92, had eye surgery last month

Why Does Queen Elizabeth Have Two Birthdays

Why Does Queen Elizabeth Have Two Birthdays

After surgery, colors may seem brighter because the patient is now looking through a new, clearer lens - explaining why the Queen has been sporting shades a lot more frequent.

"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.

Queen Elizabeth II, looks through a window at the view as she walks through 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.

In recent weeks, the monarch has been seen wearing sunglasses at events including Buckingham Palace garden parties and the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The hospital is named for the queen's great-grandfather, King Edward VII, the eldest son of Queen Victoria.

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

Despite her age, the queen is known for her robust health and still carries out hundreds of engagements every year.

Cataract surgery is one of the most common medical procedures in the United Kingdom and involves replacing the cloudy lens inside your eye with an artificial one.

Cataract surgery typically takes just 30 to 45 minutes under local anaesthetic, but it can take an individual four to six weeks to fully recover.

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

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