Thought I'd post my experience just in case anyone has been thinking about it. properly glad I did it. Seriously, it's amazing. I got it done at Ultralase in St. Albans and I had the wavefront guided lasik treatment. My dad had it there 5 years ago, my mate 2 years ago. Both had no problems. Neither did I. I now see at 6/4 when using both eyes.
The surgery was no problem. The worst part is suction on the eye, feels like they're pusing down really really hard, lasts 30secs on each eye. The rest is a breeze seriously. Then they sorta wash down the eye with fluid, and my eyes were so sensitive it felt like a ballpoint pen drawing on the surface, but nothing more than a little uncomfortable. when it was finished (had both done the same time) i sat up and saw the fit nurse. it was a little misty like the room was filled with steam. this was about 7:30 pm
anesthetic wore off about a half hour later, and it was shit. felt like my eyes were bleeding, sat in my room as dark as i could make it with my eyes closed. tried bed, was still vaugly awake when i needed to put my drops in (10:30) so did, and my eyes had stopped hurting nearly as much. slept.
next day work as usual, up at 7. eyes light sensitive (un surprisingly) so a wore sunglasses. looked a knob, but fuck em i wont need glasses for the next 25 years and its fucking awesome. eyes tired towards the end of the day.
eyes were tired by about 4 for the rest of the week. I then went to stockholm over the bank holiday weekend, the cool air and the wind werent particularly nice, and they seemed a bit pink one morning (after a lot of expensive swedish lager and attempting to reel in a swedish babe) but eye drops helped and they were fine.
the eye drops i was given were 2 sets to take every 2 hours for 2 days and then 4 times a day for a week after. also a set of synthetic drops to use when my eyes were feeling tired (really helpful wandering round stockholm and in the office)
had a couple of blood patches in each eye, these are starting to fade but slowly. not really really bad, but not ideal for pulling.
i have also had to wear clear plastic shields over each eye each night, tonight being the last night (2 weeks tomorrow) which is a pain. bit of advice to anyone getting it done - they tell you to tape the shields to your face. a wide fabric hairband will do it and not leave gunk on your face. make sure it's a little tight so it wont come off and it's much better.
i did it becuase i've had glasses/contacts since 9 years old. i have always hated wearing glasses, when i did i was always conscious of them being there on my face like a barrier between me and the world. It sound pathetic but it did bring me down, i know people who wear glasses and dont care, but i really did hate them. I know there is some (very mild) risk with laser eye, and it's not cheap. I could afford it as my dad said he'd pay for it, basically because he wished he'd done it so much earlier and knew i'd appreciate it.
and i do, it's serious good. waking up and being able to see my wall clock, not feeling a contact lens when i blink, and just knowing i dont and wont have to wear anything to help me see normal stuff until i'm like 50 is amazing.
so yeah, thought that might help anyone, and if anyone else has done it and recommends or disliked a clinic or whatever, post up.