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I looked into that, once upon a time. Being who I am, I had some logical questions which always seemed to be ducked when I asked around (or saw the TV commercials or read the sales literature).
Your eye vs. cornea-lens are not the correct length. If like me, nearsighted, the eyeball is just too long. Sure - you can have this corrected via corneal abrasion via a laser, but now that it all fits so nicely with the elongated eyeball, the begged question comes into play: What about my near-vision? That's what they like to omit. That you went from near-sighted to far-sighted (or vis-versa).
Then, of course, there's the problems with the not-quite-right procedures, such as flaring around bright objects that never goes away and basic total failures. These, it turns out, were in non-trivial amounts. And, of course, as mentioned elsewhere, you eyes keep changing size and shape with age - how many replays do you get?
So - much as I'd love to go without glasses - I'd rather hedge my bets on the side of non-permanent solutions (like varilux). Besides - I look so very intellectual and cool in glasses.
You underestimate the power of the new forms to express yourself you gain with glasses. You can slowly turn towards someone, take off the glasses (let him figure out if you want to see better or are getting ready for a fight), look him over from head to toe, sadly shake your head, put the glasses back on and leave, all without saying a word.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
I'm actually Health and Safety and Quality Control manager for a glass company. I know, long story which I did plan to post about but never got around to doing so. But the short story is it was only meant to be a stop gap but then the ex got heavily into drugs, the children came to live with me, this company allows me to work around getting the kids to school etc so I've stayed.