Is corrective laser eye surgery permissible?

Religious Authority: 
Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Is corrective laser eye surgery permissible?

The Islamic ruling with regards to all types of surgeries is that it will be allowed to resort to them as long as there is a genuine medical need. However, surgery for beatification purposes and when there is no need will remain unlawful (haram), for it involves mutilation (muthla), tampering with one's body and changing the nature created by Allah. In light of this, resorting to a laser eye surgery would be allowed provided the following two conditions are met: 1) There is a genuine need. If one is able to put up with wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, then one should avoid having laser treatment being done. However, not everyone is comfortable with wearing glasses, especially when one has to wear them all the time. Those who like to read before retiring to bed sometimes fall asleep with their glasses on, which can be dangerous at times. Contact lenses are too complicated for some to wear. Some people are not satisfied with vision correction by either eyeglasses or contact lenses. Thus, although eyeglasses and contact lenses are suitable and ideal alternatives, one may resort to eye surgery if one still feels the need. 2) The surgery is safe from potential harms. One must inquire from specialists whether it would be safe for one to undergo such surgery.