I had Lasik surgery on both eyes in 1999. I went up to Montreal because the doctors up there had done about 4,000+ procedures each, the equipment was newer than the FDA allowed here in the US, (the equipment was later approved for use in the US), and the cost was $1,000 US.
As Yuki has said, check out the doctors fully before going
. The doctor and his equipment are the key factors.
I recommend you do what I did, search the internet for horror stories. The complication rate for Lasik is 1% to 2%
. This hasn't changed over the past 8 years. Understand the complications and what they are; dry eye, epithilial cell ingrowth, haloes, and a bunch of other stuff. Only after you are fully aware of what can go wrong should you decide to have the proceedure.
Yes I know people that have had problems with Lasik. I also know people that have had good results. Some people's eyes are not suitable for Lasik; thin corneas, too much correction, other medical problems. So get an evaluation and if it's not favorable, don't do it.
My Opthalmologist told me that I'm a storybook case for excellent results from Lasik. My vision before surgery was 20/400; my vision afterward is between 20/15 and 20/20. I do wear reading glasses. However, that is an affect of age. Every now and then I get dry eyes. This is very infrequent and is no big deal, I use drops if needed.
Remember you only get one set of eyes. Make sure you follow your doctor's directions before and after surgery. I used the eyedrops, wore the protective gear when sleeping, and kept it up even after the suggested timeframe. I'm sure that doing this helped contribute to my positive result.
I was back out and doing active things within a month. The recovery time is fairly short. Just make sure to protect your eyes. You won't have that pane of glass between you and the outside anymore.
To sum it up. Make an informed decision and do what the doctor tells you to.