You can resume driving as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. Most patients find that their vision improves significantly 24 hours after surgery and they feel confident safely getting behind the wheel.
Are there any travel restrictions after cataract surgery?
Flying After Cataract Surgery
Flying poses no risk to your vision after cataract surgery. You are safe to fly as soon as your procedure has been completed. The primary concern is access to follow-up care and continued caution in daily activities until you have fully healed.
How long after a cataract operation is it safe to fly?
It’s usually considered OK to fly a week after your cataract operation before you fly; the NHS website quotes a Civil Aviation Authority recommendation(1) of leaving 24 hours from your procedure before flying.
How long do you have to stay home after cataract surgery?
Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading.
Do and don’ts after cataract surgery?
Don’t drive on the first day following surgery. Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye. If at all possible, don’t sneeze or vomit right after surgery.
What is considered strenuous activity after cataract surgery?
Strenuous exercise includes jogging, aerobics, yoga, weight lifting, football, running, cycling, tennis etc.
What is the fastest way to recover from cataract surgery?
- use your eye drops as instructed.
- take it easy for the first 2 to 3 days.
- use your eye shield at night for at least a week.
- take painkillers if you need to.
- bathe or shower yourself as usual.
- wear your eye shield when washing your hair.
- read, watch TV and use a computer.
- use your shield, old glasses or sunglasses outdoors.