How Soon Can I Drive After Cataract Surgery?

One of the immediate concerns for many people after cataract surgery is when they can return to driving. This is an important question and deserves a comprehensive answer.

How Soon Can I Drive After Cataract Surgery?

Initial Recovery Period

Right after cataract surgery, your vision may be blurry, and you may experience some discomfort. It’s generally advised not to drive immediately following the surgery.

How Soon Can I Drive After Cataract Surgery?

The answer may differ from client to client, but most people experience good vision by the following day (within 24 hours), however you are advised only to resume strenuous activity within a week.

What Your Eye Doctor (Ophthalmologist) Says

Always consult your eye doctor for personalised advice. They will usually perform a follow-up examination to assess how well you’re recovering and to check your vision. Only when they give you the green light should you consider getting back behind the wheel.

Factors to Consider Before Driving After Cataract Surgery

The timing for when you can resume driving varies from person to person and depends on various factors, like how well you’re healing and how quickly your vision is improving. In some cases, you may need to wait for a new prescription for glasses.

Legal Requirements

Keep in mind that there may be legal requirements or guidelines about vision standards for driving, which you’ll need to meet before you can legally drive again.


When you do get the all-clear to drive, make sure to start in a familiar environment and avoid challenging conditions like night driving or heavy traffic until you’re fully comfortable.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of your ophthalmologist or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have about your eyesight. The most reliable advice is obtained through a consultation and inspection from a medical specialist.


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