Cataract Surgery FAQs

Can I drive myself on the day of surgery?

No, you cannot drive yourself to surgery or home from surgery. You should also not be driving later that day.

Can I drive myself to the post-op appointment the next day?

No, you should plan on having a driver for both your surgery and the appointment the day after.

When can I start driving?

This will be determined by your surgeon at your day 1 post-op appointment.

Can I eat the day of surgery?

Yes, you are allowed to eat a light breakfast or lunch low in fat. This meal should not be within two hours of your arrival time for surgery.

Can I wear makeup to surgery?

Absolutely NO makeup is allowed on the day of surgery.

Should I be stopping my aspirin?

Your surgeon prefers you stop taking aspirin one week prior to surgery. Please check with your primary care physician to determine if this is ok.

When can I return to swimming?

Two weeks after your surgery.

When can I lift weights/exercise?

A week after your surgery.

I have facial hair. Do I have to shave it off for surgery?

No, you do not have to. However, please keep it cleaned and trimmed.

When can I take a shower?

The day following surgery. However, avoid getting water in the eye.