IN THIS VIDEO PROF MOHAMMED MUHTASEB DISCUSSES DRIVING AFTER CATARACT SURGERY

Is it safe to drive after refractive cataract surgery?

It’s perfectly safe to drive after refractive cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange surgery. As long as the patient can meet the legal requirements for the driving standard, then it’s completely safe to drive. In fact, one of the most common reasons patients come to see me is that they have been told by their optometrist that their vision is borderline for meeting the driving standard or has fallen below the driving standard.

They don’t notice that their vision has suddenly crashed or deteriorated. It comes as a real shock or surprise to some patients when the optometrist, at a routine test even, will tell them either they’re borderline for driving or that they fall below the standards and shouldn’t drive anymore…

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It’s very distressing for these patients. Many patients are the sole driver in the household. They need to drive to take a partner or parent or spouse to hospital appointments. For some, it’s just simply maintaining their independence. We’re in South Wales, so some people live in the countryside and need to get in and out to get daily provisions.

It’s a very common reason patients come for refractive cataract surgery.

It’s one of the biggest joys for patients after the surgery has been completed that they’re back to driving and they’re back to being independent. They feel like they have their life back again.

I invite you to book a consultation to determine your suitability for refractive cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. It’s the only way to determine your suitability for these procedures and to have an in-depth discussion regarding the risks and benefits of each of them. I look forward to seeing you there and taking you through the journey to achieving your desired postoperative outcome.

ABOUT THE EXPERT

Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb, FRCOphth

Consultant Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon

iLase is the private practice of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb. Based in South Wales, he is one of the very few ophthalmologists working in the UK who is a fellowship-trained specialist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He holds full specialist registration with the General Medical Council and was appointed as a Consultant in the NHS in 2006.

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