Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on Thursday underwent cataract surgery in her right eye, the Dutch court announced in a brief statement on Friday. The surgery was succesful and the queen went home the same day.
"She is feeling well", a spokesperson for the Government Information Service (RVD) said. Queen Beatrix on Sunday is to attend the European Championships Dressage in Rotterdam, as previously planned.
Cataract surgery is generally performed by an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in an ambulatory (rather than inpatient) setting, in a surgical center or hospital, using local anesthesia (either topical, peribulbar, or retrobulbar), usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. © RB; Photo by © Dutch Photo Press, Patrick van Katwijk