Prime Minister Ehud Olmert underwent a 40-minute procedure on Friday to lift his eyelids, which were impeding his vision. According to the Prime Minister's Office, a local anesthetic was used during the procedure on both his eyes, and he was awake the entire time. The procedure took place shortly after Olmert returned Friday from his visit to China. Olmert told the cabinet about the operation at Sunday's cabinet meeting, explaining why his eyes looked swollen. The Prime Minister's Office did not of its own volition issue a statement about the operation either before or after the procedure.