I am so happy to not have to wear contacts or glasses any more. I was fairly nearsighted -3.25 and had astigmatism in both eyes as well. The only down side is strictly vanity, as you go without eye makeup for 7-10 days prior and about the same after. Seemed like a horrendously long time to me, but it is well worth it.
You deserve to see what your options are and what works best for your life. It was amazing when I realized how much time it took me to get ready for bed and getting up and out of the house with contacts and how I was just uncomfortable wearing glasses.
The drops and the ointment you put in your eyes are not fun, but since you don't want an infection and you want the best results, you follow what your doctor says to do.