I would also suggest audiobooks - you can often borrow them from the library. Or, if you have a Cracker Barrel restaurant nearby, they have a selection that they charge a small fee per day for.
I thought the cataract surgery was a piece of cake - I was able to watch TV right away, and was reading the next day. My eye was a little irritated at the time (not really painful), and so I used ketoprofen for a couple of days postop. Of course, I am comparing the cataract surgeries to my retinal buckle surgery, which took me a couple of weeks before I could even tolerate opening my eyes for more than a second.
I had about 2 years between my cataract surgeries, and I had a whopping difference between images. For those two years, I was a minus-13 in my right eye, and my left eye required a bifocal for reading only. I got used to reading with only one eye. You probably won't have time for that, but you probably could use a patch to cover one so you can use the other. However,
I would clear that with the ophthalmologist.
I now require bifocals (I get the no-lines d/t vanity). I believe there are now newer implanted lenses which are multifocal, so you might not require bifocals.
Good luck to you with the second surgery.