Shel:You'd still need reading glasses, but the chances are that would be all.
Whether or not they can do the surgery depends on the thickness of your cornea. Contact lenses tend to erode this, especially if they get gritty with protien build up.
I never knew that, and it came as quite a surprise to me. I had mainly used soft contact lenses (other than a two month foray with hard "gas-permeable" ones, that I strugggled to become accustomed to), since the late eighties.
Senselessly:I dont think it's so much years as hygiene. The only way to know for sure is to get them tested.
The daily/weekly disposible contacts are far better in this regard, as protien doesn't get a chance to build up and abraid the fromt surface of the eye.
For the squeamish amongst you, I just cant resist:
This involved numbing anesthetic drops being placed in the eye, so you don't actually feel anything at all, but then they prod around on the front of your eye with a mini-sonar-type-device. It makes pretty patterns on your retina - LOL.