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Driving

Get Well Soon

Helping you to make a speedy recovery after cataract surgery

Driving

You are fit to drive as soon as your vision meets the DVLA driving standard. This can be the very next day, but can be delayed until your eyes are measured for your new glasses at 4 weeks.

Before resuming driving, you will need to be fully recovered from your surgical procedure. You should also be free from the distracting effect of pain, or the sedative or other effects of any pain relief medication you are taking to be able to concentrate fully on driving. You should be comfortable in the driving position and able to safely control your car, including freely performing an emergency stop.

If your eyes feel dry after surgery, for the first couple of weeks avoid driving with an open driver’s window, or with the air vents on full and directed at your face; hot dry wind can cause irritation to the eye.

Ultimately, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are in control of the vehicle at all times and to feel confident that you would be able to demonstrate this, if asked.

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