Fishingbob, don't sweat the cataract surgery. It's really no big deal. It takes about 10 minutes when they finally get started. Vision improvement is very rapid. I began wearing glasses for nearsightedness when I was in the 7th grade and moved up to contacts when I was in the 10th grade. I wore contacts until I was about 66 when I had my first cataract surgery on my left eye. I had the right eye done this past Christmas. I went with a Torex lens which corrected my vision to 20/20. The day I had my left eye done, my wife and I met some other couples for supper that evening. I did everything I would have normally done except for driving there and back. The day I had my right eye done the Thursday after Christmas, I went for my violin lesson that same afternoon at 5:00. No problem seeing the printed page. But again I had to have a driver. The next day I could drive with no problems. I did my regular routine the following Sunday. The day after surgery, I was seeing almost 20/20 the next day, and was at 20/20 or better in just a few days. The most aggravating part about cataract surgery is that you have to continue the drops for several weeks after surgery. Other than that, you'll be seeing almost perfectly by the end of the day of surgery. You can tie flies in a day or two with no problems. The procedure is painless. The only thing you will feel is wet, coldness when they moisten your eyes during surgery. Get a good pair of sunglasses. You will be amazed at how much brighter the world seems after surgery. If you have any questions, I'll be glad to answer.