Cataract surgery is a relatively short and simple procedure; the operation itself usually only taking around 10 minutes.
You’ll generally be able to go home within an hour or so after having cataract surgery.
You are fit to drive as soon as your vision meets the DVLA driving standards(1). This can be within 48 hours but can be delayed until your eyes are measured for your new glasses at 4 weeks after surgery. Before resuming driving, you’ll need to be fully recovered from your surgical procedure.
During the first 4 – 6 weeks, following these dos and don’ts after cataract surgery will help to reduce your recovery time.
For the first few weeks after surgery, do:
Also, for the first few weeks after surgery, don’t:
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly carried out procedures across the world and most people have excellent outcomes and no complications whatsoever. By following these simple dos and don’ts after cataract surgery, plus any specific advice you receive from your surgeon, nurse or clinician, you’ll ensure that you recover as quickly as possible.
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Surgery – What does an eye look like after cataract surgery?
Surgery – How is a cataract operation performed?
Near-sighted – Does cataract surgery correct near-sightedness?