I didn't understand his decision for a long time. But consider; he's at least correctable today, and after surgery, he has no concept of how he will see. Yes, he wouldn't be so tied to his glasses, but he's never known vision like yours or mine; he can only trust what he knows right now.
I hope he'll eventually take his Doctor's offer, because it would dramatically change his standard of living, even by cutting his RX numbers by half. To be able to see that much better would be a miracle for him. I encouraged him at least look forward to not being as dependent upon his glasses; if they correct his vision to be even a -7.00, he wouldn't be so tied to his glasses. He said he hadn't ever thought about just making his life easier. He'd have to consider it for awhile.
For most patients, seeing a little bit better may be nice, but won't change their lifestyle. Few patients have the high RX numbers of this young man. Many Lasik patients will still need glasses occasionally, plus, some dry eye care may be appropriate during the first year after surgery. Down the road, everyone needs some help for reading, regardless of having perfect vision in their youth, or Lasik as adults.
Trust me; vision correction won't make you happy, improve your social skills, or make you more desirable to the opposite sex. They will change what you rely on; glasses, contacts, or asking your spouse to find your readers. Good contacts and glasses can be really effective. Retro-styled designer glasses are so much fun; many college students come to me wanting to , "to look just like a geek", so perhaps a change in perspective about our eyesight is in order.