My uncle had that surgery and no longer needed his glasses. I know another may that also no longer needed glasses. It is amazing.
I had cataract surgery today on my right eye and they sent me home with a clear plastic shield to wear over the eye for the first 24 hours and then at nights for the next week. While I can see through the shield it's like looking through the bottom of a clear drinking glass: slightly distorted, but clear enough that I don't trip over a curb or something. I also have three different drops that I must use several times a day.
Now the clear shield has little holes in it that in theory I should be able use to administer these drops, but my blink reflex is too strong and I ended up with drops running down my face. So I cheated slightly and removed the shield for the 15 minutes it took to administer 3 different drops, at 5 minute intervals. (I must admit I was tempted to leave the shield off until bedtime, but I put it back on once the final drops were in my eye, honest).
The difference in my vision is amazing! Not only does the new lens correct my distance vision, but everything is so clear. The difference in the colors I'm seeing between my left and right eyes is astonishing. Things seen through my left eye have a definite yellowed or sepia tint to them; as opposed to the clear, crisp colors that I'm seeing now for the first time in probably decades through my right eye.
For those that don't know, a cataract is a clouding on the lens of the eye. My left eye also has a cataract and I'm scheduled next month for that surgery, but in the meantime processing the same visual information and seeing two different sets of colors is definitely an interesting experience. In the short time I had the shield off, my right eye took over more and more of the color processing, and while using both eyes the colors aren't quite as crisp as with my right eye alone, there is a marked improvement over the sepia-vision through my left eye.
tl;dr Cataract surgery is an amazing miracle of modern medicine!
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