Cataract
Surgery

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Cataract Surgery Cataract Surgery

Glaucoma Services Glaucoma Services

Retina Services Retina Services

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Pediatric Ophthalmology Pediatric Ophthalmology

Corneal Services Corneal Services

Oculoplasty Oculoplasty

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Lasers - YAG, Diode Lasers - YAG, Diode

Cataract Surgery Cataract Surgery

lasik Lasik

Glaucoma Services Glaucoma Services

Retina Services Retina Services

Squint Squint

Pediatric Ophthalmology Pediatric Ophthalmology

Corneal Services Corneal Services

Oculoplasty Oculoplasty

Optical Outlet Optical Outlet

Lasers - YAG, Diode Lasers - YAG, Diode

Anesthesia

First Day After surgery

Driving after surgery

Eye Drops After surgery

Eye pressure

Impact of diabetes

Do's and Don'ts

Complications

Driving after surgery

Anesthesia

First Day After surgery

LASIK Procedure

Driving after surgery

Eye Drops After surgery

Eye pressure

Impact of diabetes

Do's and Don'ts

Complications

When Can I Drive After Cataract Surgery?

Most of my patients can drive soon after cataract surgery.

From a purely visual perspective, if either of your eyes can see adequately then you can drive say in a week.

If you have problems with your eyes other than cataract, then these other problems could limit your final best vision after cataract removal.

Several additional considerations (such as dust) other than just vision should go into your decision about driving safety.

The question of when to resume driving is an important one as many have cataract surgery specifically to improve their driving vision.

No Driving the Day of Cataract Removal

The day of your cataract removal you will not be able to drive yourself home after your cataract removal procedure. A friend or family member will need to drive you home and stay with you for a while as you adjust.

Old Glasses Prescription has changed.

Your old glasses may not be the correct prescription anymore. A week after the procedure, your eye doctor will change your glasses to match the needs of your new vision.

Are the Two Eyes Working Together?

After having your first eye fixed with the operation, you could have a large difference between the two eyes. This could create problems with depth perception. If you experience this problem, it would be wise to delay driving until you adjust. If this is particularly troubling, discuss potential options with your surgeon like wearing a contact lens in the un-operated eye to even the difference or doing the second eye surgery at an earlier date.

Are you Light Sensitive?

Some patients are more sensitive to light during the early healing period after cataract surgery. We provide some wraparound sunglasses to our patients to help with this. If you step outside with those sunglasses, but still feel sensitive to the light, it would be wise to delay driving until it is comfortable.

If we can answer any other questions, please schedule a time to meet us or send us a note.