If you follow post-op instructions you get from your surgeon, recovery from cataract surgery should be uneventful and short.
An uncomplicated procedure shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. After the procedure, you will then be in a recovery area until you aren’t as groggy from any anesthesia or sedation. This will only take about an hour or less. You will need to have someone else drive you home after surgery. During the trip home, you are given sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare and bright light. When you get home, you may still want to rest in bed for a few hours. Depending on what your surgeon says, you can then remove the protective shield that covers your eye within several hours. You will likely need to tape the shield over your eye while sleeping, during naps or at night, for protection while you recover.