I have worn glasses since I was about 8 years old (3rd grade); I'm 24 now. About two weeks ago a groupon deal for Lasik vision correction came up for about 50% off (2,500$ instead of ~$5,000). Obviously I can't do a payment plan of whatever, but saving that money was too good of a deal to pass up. A few weeks before this one of my co-workers had said "it's the best decision I ever made." Maybe a bit of hyperbole, but a ringing endorsement for sure.
I'll be documenting my experience in this thread (maybe I should just make a blog instead?) for anyone else thinking about this.
Some additional background:
I consider my eyesight to be very poor. I cannot see the first row of letters (usually a gigantic E) in the vision test chart without my glasses and my left eye has some minor astigmatism. As an anectdote, one time (glass off) I turned around while talking to my sister (short, blone, white) and turned around irritated that she was not answering me anymore. I didn't realize for a few seconds that she was gone because I saw someone moving across the room...except it was her tall, black boyfriend. Herp.
With my glasses on I have very good vision, about 20/15.
To be honest I just hate my glasses, and have since around the 5th grade. They get foggy, wet, bent, get tight, etc. I have never found a pair that I like - I feel that they obscure my face and make me look small/short on top of 'hiding' my very nice eyes. When I wear my contacts I regularly get complimented on how nice my eyes/eyelashes are.
I have had contacts available to me since I was a senior in high school (grade 12) and I would wear them occasionally or for special occasions, but they really are not any more convenient than glasses. They make your eyes dry, can 'wiggle,' are sensitive to wind/water/temperature, and you can't sleep in them! Besides that, they are very annoying/painful to put in right after waking up.