The six-minute process sees a piece of donor eye tissue implanted on to the front of a patient’s eyeball, which reflects light to the retina at the back of the eye.
The preliminary results for 100 patients show the minimally invasive technique, now being tried out across Europe, could correct the sight of those who have problems with near vision.
And experts believe the success of the procedure means it could also be adapted to help those with distance vision difficulties.
Trials of the TransForm procedure, which was launched by leading eye surgeon Sheraz Daya at the London-based Centre For Sight, found patients experienced a dramatic improvement in their near vision within 24 hours.
The technology, developed by US eye specialists Allotex, involves surgically implanting a thin corneal flap to create a thin inlay of cornea.
Results are experienced just minutes after surgery, and anyone who wears reading glasses is potentially eligible for the surgery.
John Parkes, 53, was one of the first patients to have the procedure and says it “changed my life”.
The steelworker and father-of-three, from West Sussex, saw an advert for the trials and underwent the procedure earlier this month.
He said: “It was so quick. There was no pain.
“I went in at 2pm and was back home by 6pm.
“It’s like it never happened.
“There were no side effects and now my sight is perfect. I am so impressed. I was always losing my glasses. This has changed my life.”