I'm 53, I've been wearing glasses since I was 13 or so and had cataract surgery May '14. BIG mistake. My vision wasn't that bad, and now I have to put on reading glasses to read anything: computers, books, my phone, differentiating between Euro coins, whatever. Total PITA. Yes, I can drive at night without glasses. Big whoop. But it's totally f'd up my photography: I can't see the controls accurately without changing to my reading glasses, and I can't see through the viewfinder while wearing them. I've been a photographer for almost 40 years and it's a major part of my life, I hate the fact that it's now screwed up.
I'd strongly suggest trying progressive bifocals, I used them for a couple of decades and loved them. I can't say anything about a partially detached retina, I've never had that problem, talk to an ophthalmologist. By default the lens they install corrects to clear distance vision and you'll need reading glasses at all other times. It's the easiest default: if they installed lenses that corrected for close vision, you wouldn't be able to get corrective glasses for over a month until your eyes stabilize.
Given what I know now, I should have waited at least another five years, my eyes just weren't that bad. Now every day is a pain in the butt: rather than wearing glasses all the time, which I was used to and perfectly happy to do, I wear them for working at the computer, then take them off to talk to people or walk around campus. The weirdest thing is that it was perhaps the single most painful thing that I've ever had done to me. I had 11 operations prior to my cataract surgery, and in an atypical fashion, it was crazy painful, and the doctor did nothing when I complained of the pain. I personally think the doctor is running, for want of a better term, a cataract surgery mill, and we won't be going back to him even though it means driving 100 miles to see someone else. Lots of older people in my area who probably need it, I think it was too soon for me.