If you are used to driving a car to get to work every day or run errands, it is understandable that you want to know when you can resume driving after cataract surgery. For the sake of your safety, you must wait until your vision has stabilized before you get behind the wheel. According to the team at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut, driving too soon after surgery could put your health and safety at risk.
Can You Drive Yourself Home from Surgery?
You will not be permitted to drive yourself home from cataract surgery, as your vision will be blurry or distorted, and you may be groggy from the sedation or anesthesia. You should arrange for a trusted companion to drive you home and help you get situated. Your friend or loved one should plan to stay with you for a few hours as the anesthesia or sedation wears off and you recuperate. Typically we do not recommend hiring a taxi or an Uber to drive you home and drop you off after surgery.
When to Resume Driving
When to resume driving varies by patient; it is best to follow the advice of your cataract surgeon. There are visual criteria that you must meet, and you should feel comfortable and confident in your vision before you attempt to get behind the wheel. You should not have any pain or discomfort that distracts you from being able to concentrate on driving.
Most people are able to start driving one or two days after surgery.
Clearer Vision after Cataract Surgery Makes Driving Easier and Safer
One of the advantages of having cataract surgery is that it enhances your ability to see clearly so you drive safely in nearly any lighting or weather condition. After cataract surgery, colors will look brighter and road signs and fellow drivers will appear clearer. You will have better vision when driving at night, so you do not have to worry about being blinded by headlights from oncoming cars.
The key is to be patient about going back to driving and to wait until you have fully recovered. As long as you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, you should not have any problems.
Contact Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut Today
If you have questions about resuming your normal activities after cataract surgery, speak to a member of our team at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut. Call or email us today.