How Soon Can You Drive After Cataract Surgery?

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Patients who undergo cataract surgery should not drive on the day of the procedure, according to All About Vision. Many patients report clear vision several hours after cataract surgery and can resume daily activities, such as driving, the next day, barring unforeseen complications.

Cataract surgery is a common and safe procedure, states Mayo Clinic. It is done on an outpatient basis and often requires no more than an hour. During surgery, the cataract is removed and may be replaced with an artificial lens. Eyedrops are commonly prescribed to prevent infection, control eye pressure and reduce inflammation. A protective device, such as an eye patch or shield, may be required for the first few days following surgery.