Florida has a population of nearly 20 million people, and they have access to 210 hospitals – five of which are nationally ranked. Among the Sunshine State’s highest ranked hospitals are Mayo Clinic Jacksonville and the UF Health Shands Hospital – both have national rankings in eight specialties and high performance for seven procedures and conditions. They are quickly followed by Tampa General Hospital, national ranking in six specialties, with high performance in seven procedures and conditions. Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville is national ranking in one specialty and has high performance in eight procedures and conditions. Lastly, Cleveland Clinic Florida located in Weston has national ranking in one specialty and has high performance in five procedures in conditions.

The Sunshine State has nine medical schools, including Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Miami), Florida State University College of Medicine (Tallahassee), and Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in (Boca Raton). It’s no surprise that finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in Florida is easy and worth the effort – with the peninsula state’s 52,000 practicing physicians, a good number of those specialize in eye care and vision health.

Eye vision improvement is one of the most overlooked and ignored issues in America today. Over 34 million citizens suffer from near sightedness, over 24 million experience cataracts, and over 14 million have far sightedness. With those in mind, about 150 million Americans depend on wearing eye glasses to correct their vision, while 38 million wear contact lenses daily. It’s estimated that around 700,000 LASIK surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, and this number is expected to rise to 720,000 by 2020, cementing the popularity of the procedure that created a medical breakthrough two decades ago.