When Can I Go Back to Work After Cataract Surgery?

When Can I Return to Work After Cataract Eye Surgery?

People often ask about when they can go back to work after cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a very common and quick surgery. The cataract surgery itself can often be done in under a half of an hour and have the patient return home within hours. Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the United States and has an excellent success rate.

Usually you can return to work very quickly after cataract surgery, even the next day for some people. This may vary depending on the complexity of your specific case and the type of surgery the cataract surgeon performs.

You will have a post operative visit with your surgeon (or other eye doctor) so make sure to schedule that and plan for it with your employer. The next day follow up visit after cataract surgery will check to make sure everything is healing, as it should be. It usually takes less than an hour.

There are restrictions on activities after cataract surgery, such as lifting and water activities. Always ask your cataract surgeon if you have not already discussed such issues with them prior to surgery. Cataract surgeons commonly require patients to stay in the area for at least a few weeks after surgery in case of complications. This can restrict traval and should be taken into account if your profession requires traveling.

Depending on your profession, it is very common to return to work in just a few days after cataract surgery. It is often recommended that patients reserve at least 3 days to recover from their surgery before returning to work, but this is not always required. It is usually best to be safe and take the extra time to ensure a proper recovery. It is very import to discuss employment issues with your cataract surgeon before the surgery to ensure that your specific cataract surgery recovery time will be what you've planned for. Going back to work after cataract surgery is something that is up to your cataract surgeon’s recommendations.