There is little or no pain, recovery is much quicker, both eyes can be done at once and greater degrees of short-sightedness can be treated accurately.
Of even more concern is the question of who, exactly, is carrying out the operation.
All laser eye surgeons are required to be qualified doctors and to be registered with the General Medical Council, who will be able to confirm over the phone that they are registered and also whether they are eye specialists.
But the GMC will not be able to tell you what training a surgeon has had with the excimer laser. The big problem is that, other than being a doctor, no specialist qualifications are legally required to carry out laser eye surgery.
Laser eye surgery sounds like the answer to the dreams of everyone who wears spectacles or contact lenses.
It is quick, painless and, at about £2,000, within the reach of many people.
Publicity pictures of Richard Branson throwing his glasses in the bin simply reinforce the idea that this is the operation you have been waiting for.
Within a few short years, laser eye surgery has become a mainstream treatment for poor eyesight.
A whole host of celebrities, including Cilla Black, Spice Girl Mel B, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt, have had the operation.
Boots offers the service; so does the private wing of the respected Moorfields Eye Hospital.
The vast majority of operations pass off with no ill-effects.
But that, sive - about £1,000 per eye - there are advantages.