Burmese de facto leader Suu Kyi undergoes eye surgery for cataracts
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Burmese de facto leader Suu Kyi undergoes eye surgery for cataracts

AUNG San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracy icon and new de facto leader, has undergone eye surgery to remove a cataract.

Medical personnel removed a cataract from 70-year-old Suu Kyi’s right eye. Cataracts, a clouding of the lens in the eye, is usually associated with aging, and can lead to blindness if left untreated.

The state-controlled Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper on Sunday cited sources in Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party as saying the successful operation was performed at a special hospital in the capital, Naypyitaw.

“She went back home after the successful operation,” Win Htein, a high-ranking official of the NLD party, told AFP. He described the operation as minor.

The Global New Light of Myanmar said the operation was performed Saturday, allowing her recuperation to take place over the extended traditional New Year holiday this week. The paper said she will return for an operation on her other eye in mid-April, a standard practice.

According to media reports, Burmese President Htin Kyaw and his wife visited Suu Kyi at the hospital.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press