Originally Posted by locutus
Lasik is elective, but definitely not cosmetic. You end up with better vision, and no worry about losing/breaking etc your glasses.
Hernia repair is elective as well. you can wear a truss. But I chose not to, and I've never regretted it.
My friend lost his sight due to refractive surgery years ago. His medical insurance would not pay a dime because elective surgery to the cornea was considered cosmetic since it was not necessary. He had to sue the company along with the opthamologist. He lost against the former and won against the latter. Hernia surgery normally is covered by decent medical insurance because it can be a medical risk, unlike slightly less than optimal eyesight that can be corrected with external lenses. Of course I cannot know what every insurance classifies various treatments, nor can you.
Glasses are cheap in comparison to surgery and normally correct vision better than refractive work on the cornea. I'd rather break my glasses than trash my corneas. Ask my buddy.
Sorry for the hijack...