Here are my thoughts from 6 months after the surgery (March 2009) - copied from another forum...
Had them done 6 months ago. Intralase lasik. Well chuffed with the results, slightly better than 20/20 now, although I do notice halos around bright lights at night or sometimes in the cinema when the titles are white on black. Annoying, but not an issue and I believe it may go away over time. Some random observations:
The day of the op, it's simply a production line - I wasn't expecting to feel like a piece of meat being processed, but you are.
The op itself was an odd experience. One eye at a time, they stick a bandage on to cover the one not being done - I think the worst was the initial part where they put those things on that hold the eyelids back, then put something over the eyeball that sucks it up slightly (although this feels like someone is really pushing down on the eyeball) so they can cut the the flap. Vision goes blurry, then white but you can't close your eyes - not describing it well, but I found it very disconcerting not seeing or being able to focus on anything AND not being able to close your eye.
Once the surgeon's peeled the flap back, the actual laser correction involves you focusing on a green laser for several 5-10 second burst of laser activity. You're told to keep the eye as still as possible, but even if it moves the software compensates and I believe it stops firing if the eye moves too much. Chances are you will get a whiff of your eyeball being burnt, don't freak!
Then the surgeon puts the flap back down and smooths it out to get rid of any air bubbles - made me think of pasting wallpaper when he was doing this
Immediately after its done, you're dumped in a dark recovery room. At this point it was like looking at the world through a piece of really scratched perpex. You're wondering wtf? What have I done? Once the eye anaesthetic wears off, it's like you are chopping the worst onions in the world, and closing your eyes only makes it marginally better - this lasted about 90-120 minutes for me - make sure you've got someone to get you home, you won't be driving and I would have really struggled on public transport, simply because I could not keep my eyes open for even a few seconds - physically, this was the worst part of the whole thing. Straight to bed once home and managed to sleep for a few hours. Don't try and stay up.
Vision was noticeably better the first evening, but still hazy. Next morning was wow! though - able to drive car, no problem.
Eye shields at night for two weeks I think, right pain in the arse. No water in eyes for the same period. No rubbing eyes for a month.
Found it really hard to work in the office in front of the PC for the frst 3 weeks - eyes really felt tired after just a few hours. Reminded me off having contact lenses in for too long. Funnily enough, wasn't as big an issue when working at home on PC.
To update, no problem with halos at night now. Eyes still great, no need for reading glasses yet either, although that's probably just a matter of time.