"The surgery is a short and quite a painless procedure",
the opthalmologist said. "We apply highly precise laser
technology. You will be out of the clinic in less than an
The painter looked at the machine.
It looked dreadfully intimidating.
But he said nothing.
"The device employs beams of high intensity",
the surgeon said. "It works with amplified light
by stimulated emission of radiation."
The painter remained silent.
Then the ophtalmologist began the cataract surgery.
He was a skillful operator. The laser beam was sharper
than knife and the doctor made with it four equal cuts
around the cornea.
Then with an ultrasonic probe he shattered
the painter's eye lens, which through the years
had been affected by progressive opacity.
The surgeon removed the worn-out old lens
and replaced it by a brand new acrylic lens.
When the painter left the hospital
he could hardly believe how the world suddenly became
so bright. His vision now was unclouded and crystal clear.