I had both my eyes done earlier this year, and I was in the surgical center for 5 hours. My friend had his done, and when I left him, I was told 2 – 2 and a half hours.
I went to the gym and was boxing when I got the call an hour later, to pick him up. He didn’t have a patch over the eye, or a plastic shield for nighttime. Apart from resting today, and starting the drops again tonight, tomorrow he can drive and return to a normal routine.
Has it changed that much since mine in February, and March of this year. Blows my mind.