Can I Drive After Cataract Surgery?

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You may be wondering how soon you can drive after laser cataract surgery and whether it’s safe. Although it’s a popular procedure, this surgery still requires a certain amount of recovery time based on the individual.

Our eye doctor, Dr. Lipstock, will inform you of the process and provide you with the resources you need to recover quickly from your cataract surgery.

Driving After Cataract Surgery

The rule of thumb with driving after surgery with light sedation is to wait at least 24 hours. This allows your body to recover and become fully alert again.

Due to the anesthesia, you cannot drive yourself home on the day of your procedure. It would be extremely unsafe to get behind the wheel right after the surgery since your thought process and reflexes will be impaired.

In addition to the effects from sedation, your vision will be blurred the day of surgery usually due to temporary corneal edema. This tends to make things appear as if you are looking through a foggy window. This fog will lift usually over the first 24 to 72 hours. 


Night Driving After Cataract Surgery

One of the first symptoms of cataracts is difficulty driving at night due to glare from lights. Cataract surgery will enable you to see well again at night. Nevertheless soon after surgery, one needs to be careful driving at night as the corneal edema described above gradually subsides.


Book Your Cataract Surgery Today

At Lipstock LASIK And Cataract Center you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of treatment. From the initial consultation to the surgery and follow up appointments, our team of experts treats each patient with unique and personal care. While laser cataract surgery may be common, our doctors use advanced techniques for optimal recovery. 

Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment at Lipstock Lasik! 


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