returning to work following cataract surgery

Last reviewed 01/2018

Condition Recommended return to non-manual work Recommended return to manual work
Cataract removal 1-3 days 2 weeks (Avoid very heavy lifting and strenuous exercise until healed)


  • the information applies to general fitness to work for people below 60 years of age without other significant disability. This information is only a guide to doctors, who will need to consider the individual clinical circumstances when advising patients


  • Royal College of Surgeons of England.
  • Samuel AM, Wellwood JMcK. Fitness for work after surgery. In Palmer KT, Cox RAF and Brown I. (Eds) Fitness for Work 4th edn. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2007 pp 467-486