I have a pair that I bought along with solar filters specifically for the eclipse a few years back. Japanese made. Decent, light binoculars. I had previously owned a pair of Fujinon Polaris 7x50's for several years - until they were stolen. My memory of the Fujinons says that they were better than the UltraViews, allowing for the fact that one was a 7x and the other a 10x. Just a couple of days ago I got to try a pair of Nikon 7x50SP's (aka Prostar) and back to back comparison (again taking into account the magnification difference) they were definitely better than the Orions. They were just over $700 US though. Fujinon 10x50's go for about $700 US at the big online camera stores too. I don't think you're going to do significantly better than the Orions unless you want to spend that kind of money.
I went with the Orions for the eclipse trip because they were reasonably priced and I could be certain that the filters were going to fit properly as Orion was selling them as a set. I also figured that if they got lost, stolen or damaged on the trip to Oregon and back I wouldn't be out too much money. I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were when I pointed them at the sky. Ever since the Fujinons were stolen (yeas ago) I've been dithering, trying to decide whether to get another higher end conventional binocular or stabilized binoculars. I still haven't done either of those things, though the recent look through the Nikons is tempting me to go for them.
Good to hear the cataract surgery was a success and fixed you astigmatism too! I had the surgery two years ago. No astigmatism to correct in my case but it's wonderful not to have to wear glasses anymore. It's kind of amazing really - you go in to correct a problem and along the way you don't just get back to normal, your eyes come out better that they were before the cataracts started forming.