First Day After surgery
Driving after surgery
Eye Drops After surgery
Impact of diabetes
Do's and Don'ts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.