I was awake during the procedure, and the most irritating thing was the brilliant light used for the procedure. With numbing drops, there was minimal sensation, and no pain. I did not require any recovery time.
My vision was pretty good, even in recovery. I recall being able to see a large clock over 30 feet away and being able to tell the time. On the following day, I had my follow-up exam and was told I wont require glasses to drive. After my appointment, I went on a several hundred mile motorcycle ride to Punxsutawney. I missed the Groundhog day celebration, but celebrated my good vision and good health anyway. Vision is clearer with better color saturation and fewer artifacts like ghost images caused by the cataract.
If you have cataracts, get this routine procedure done sooner than later. It's painless and I think recovery is always easier when you're younger.
A day or so after surgery on the first eye, I suddenly noticed how colourful the world was. I was seeing the world in pastels before the surgery and in full colour after it.
The above is my opinion. It is just possible that I may, occasionally, be mistaken.
I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.
Everything put together sooner or later falls apart.
Your brain is not the boss.
Our forefathers took drugs.
He's no fun he fell right over.