Elective surgery is surgery that is not medically necessary. It is usually surgery to permanently correct or enhance a person’s physical appearance; cosmetic surgery is what most people think of when they hear the term “elective surgery”. Laser eye surgery is also an elective surgery but it is designed to correct vision, not appearance.
It is still remarkably similar in nature to cosmetic surgery in terms of why people choose to have an elective surgery. For example, a person who believes their nose is too large could conceal this defect by carefully applying make up each day. It is time consuming to apply the makeup everyday though and inconvenient at times, not to mention the lifetime cost of buying good cosmetics.
Laser eye surgery is like having cosmetic surgery. It makes life more convenient as there is no fumbling for contacts each morning. There is no more worry about paying for expensive contact lenses for life. Swimming and other sports are much easier when you don’t have to worry about contact lenses anymore.
While laser eye surgery is not covered by most insurance companies in many countries, nor available through the UK’s NHS at no cost, most people don’t consider it elective surgery if they cannot wear glasses or contacts for their profession or leisure activities. This is why laser eye surgery is considered one of the best value for money elective surgeries.