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    How much time off work do I need after cataract surgery?

    I have recently booked in to get my cataract surgery, do I need to take time off work afterwards? If so, how much time off do I need?
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    Dr John H. Chang

    Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)

    Dr John Chang is a Sydney-based ophthalmologist with specialist training in cataract surgery, medical retina and comprehensive ophthalmology. At his Strathfield practice, Dr Chang provides … View Profile

    Cataract surgery is a very safe operation that is done as a day procedure, and there are minimal downtime and rapid recovery with modern surgical technique. Most of the time the eye is comfortable from the first day after the operation with very good vision. Most people are back to driving and light activities within a couple of days. However, strenuous exercise or heavy lifting should be avoided within the first week after surgery. Depending on the type of job and work environment, some people are back to work within the first few days after surgery. Even if someone wanted to be very cautious, after 1 week, they can be back to all of their normal activities.

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