Questions to ask your cataract surgeon include:
How many procedures have you done?
Has your surgical center ever had an outbreak of eye infections affecting multiple patients? If so, how many times?
Who sees patients on the first postoperative day? Is it the surgeon, another ophthalmologist or an optometrist?
Your cataract surgeon or a member of his or her staff also should give you handouts and other information describing the procedure itself, potential cataract surgery complications and what you must do to prepare for surgery.
Even though your friend has state insurance, it may be a good idea to get recommendations through friends because you never know if that doctor may accept state insurance. A search on the Physician may also help find common information such as years in practice, schooling, organizations he belongs to, etc.
It is very important that your friend feels comfortable with her surgeon so that first meeting is crucial.
Wishing her the best!