Im way late to the party here, but I figured I’d offer my .02.
I considered both when I made my decision, and for background, I am a career infantry Soldier in the Army, 25 years of jumping from airplanes as part of my job, and no small part of my decision making, The army accepts either surgery, and I was a candidate for both.
I had my surgery 10 years ago, and I went with LASIK primarily because I was deploying to Afghanistan on short notice, and PRK would have meant I couldn’t go for 6 months. (I know right?)
As others have said, it was without a doubt the best decision I’ve made for myself personally. I didnt hate wearing glasses at all, in fact the only time it bothered me was cycling, and military duty. Sweat is a son of a gun when you’re trying to see the trail, or down your sights.
At ten years since completion, I’m beginning to have some issues with up close vision to the point that I am wearing readers for reading, though for the record I am 47 years old. I am going back to the clinic to have the evaluate the possibility of a touch up, though I expect to wear readers going forward anyway.
My vision was corrected to beyond 20/20 and I still test at 20/10 left 20/15 right. I often joke with the optometrist when they ask the smallest line I can read on the exam and I read the manufacturers data at the bottom of the chart.
Long term effects, I still have dry eyes. I dont think I would say it was ever SEVERE, but I have an amazon subscription for drop vials that comes once a month, and I use them daily. I have had two eye injuries from foreign objects since the surgery, shrapnel and dirt was blown into my right eye in theatre (despite my APEL eyepro) which gave me a week of looking like popeye afterwards. No ill effects there at all, another time I had aviation fuel enter my left eye while performing Jumpmaster duty and that was a more long term injury, which several visits to a specialist. I was given a few kinds of eye drops, and ultimately recovered 100% from it as well. The concern there was clouding of my cornea as I understand it, but vigorous treatment and luck I suppose prevented any real issues.
So today ten years and several injuries later I can still read the fine print on signs from football fields away and I’m quite happy.
If you are a candidate, I strongly recommend it, it was indeed the smartest decision I ever made for my quality of life.