For many people who have eye surgery, it is because they have noticed deterioration in their vision and simply want to benefit from clearer eyesight, though for others it is an almost-essential process to prevent them from going blind.
The latter applies to structural engineer Michael Hurley, whose sight worsened so much over 25 years that it got to the point where he could not even make out colours.
The extent of the cataracts in each of his eyes meant that Mr Hurley had to wear thick glasses in addition to contact lenses to simply get through the day, the Manchester Evening News reported.
As a result, he became one of the first people on the planet to undergo a procedure involving the eye"s natural lens being removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
He told the newspaper that it was originally his boss who suggested he may have a problem with his sight because, as a draughtsman, he was required to draw many lines, which were increasingly inaccurate.
"Over the years my sight got progressively worse. I started wearing contact lenses. I wore glasses which were like milk bottles - They didn"t look good as the lenses were so thick and they even left an indentation on my nose," Mr Hurley added.
He had the procedure carried out by consultant eye surgeon Brendan Moriarty at the Prospect Eye Clinic in Altrincham, which is the only one in the country to provide the operation
Mr Moriarty told the newspaper the operation was "straightforward", while the patient said his vision was corrected within the space of three weeks.
He revealed that his vision has now been completely transformed by the procedure: "I wish I"d been to Brendan earlier he"s changed my life."
Meanwhile, the sight of a young girl was recently saved thanks to a pioneering operation which helped to turn her life around.
Anna Bradley, who was diagnosed with eye cancer aged just 20 months, underwent a pioneering treatment known as intra-arterial chemotherapy, which proved a success the Formby Times reported.
by Alexa Kaczka