Incidentally, I had cataract surgery in 1995 and 1996. Because of chronically recurring iritis I had premature cataracts. On the right eye the surgery was totally painless; on the left eye, the pain didn't amount to much. The results were excellent. If I had not had it done when I did, I'd have had to stop driving at night. I'm told that since then the procedure has improved to the extent that your eye need never be covered; when I had it done, it had to be covered for a day if I correctly recall.
So, if you need cataract surgery, don't worry about it as long as it is done in a good hospital by a good doctor. In any case, have it done as soon as the cataracts become a problem; there is no reason to put it off. The first symptom is likely to be an inability to see when there is glare; it's like looking through a dirty windshield where you might not notice it much unless you are looking into light. It very gradually becomes worse.
Yes, that's a good analogy. You also see a halo around individual lights at night. I'm getting cataracts now, but not far enough along to warrant surgery.
My husband (SB Alert) had surgery in both eyes, each about 3 years apart. Which is not unusual, and how my own cataracts are developing - one eye gets worse first.
He needed bifocals, but the replacement lenses were corrective. He's now 20/20 for distant vision, only needs reading glasses for certain close tasks.
For that reason I can't wait for my own cataract surgery. Like yours, his went very easily.