Glasses hurt my nose and my ears. And I do not like the way they look. But mostly I find wearing them intolerable.
Contacts for the most part were okay. There were instances when I lost them, but since I used disposables replacements were not expensive. On a few occasions I was determined the contact was still in my eye and really did a number on myself scratching up my cornea, trying to remove a contact that was not there. And of course from time to time I would sleep in them, which I was warned was dangerous. Sometimes I would forget to put them in. And I wouldn't remember until I was behind the wheel, or at the movie theatre and unable to see. Overall, contacts were expensive (I also had a severe stigmatism), a hassle, often uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous.
I considered lasik when I realized that getting lasik would actually be cheaper than getting contacts for the rest of my life. My lasik surgery was $3000, but my contacts were $400 a year. In less than 10 years I would have saved money. I figured this was a real investment. I was guaranteed to save money, and in this economy that can be a difficult thing to do!
I got lasik about 4 years ago, and I am so glad I did! It was easy and painless. My eyes went from 20/200 with severe stigmatism to 20/20 with no stigmatism. I don't have to worry about taking out contacts before falling asleep, I don't have discomfort, I can see the alarm clock in the morning, I don't have to haul around solutions and backup glasses. Perhaps I should but I don't even go to the eye doctor anymore. The convienience of not having solutions etc. I appreciate now that I have had the surgery. The reason I got it was because it was more economical than not getting it, so was completely justified. And I had the surgery so I could always see. No more blindly driving down the road, squinting at road signs when I forget my contacts.