Palace: Queen Elizabeth II had successful eye surgery

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves after opening The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey in London, Friday, June 8, 2018. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries will open to the public on June 11. The new galleries are set more than 16 metres above the Abbey's floor in the medieval Triforium, an area that has never been open to the public before. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
FILE In this May 31, 2018 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles, during a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London. Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II had successful eye surgery to treat a cataract last month. The palace made the announcement Friday, June 8, 2018 after the queen was seen to have been wearing sunglasses at a number of recent public engagements. It was not announced at the time of the procedure. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, File)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, walks through The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey in London, Friday, June 8, 2018. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries will open to the public on June 11. The new galleries are set more than 16 metres above the Abbey's floor in the medieval Triforium, an area that has never been open to the public before. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

LONDON — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II had successful eye surgery to treat a cataract last month.

The palace made the announcement Friday after the queen was seen wearing sunglasses at a number of recent public engagements. It was not announced at the time of the procedure.

The 92-year-old monarch was treated as an outpatient at King Edward VII's hospital in central London.

Cataract surgery has become quite common and often helps people suffering from blurry vision. The surgery involves replacing a cloudy lens inside the eye with an artificial one.

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

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