With parts of Idaho often covered in cloudy weather, the 1.6 million residents of the Gem State need great eye health. With only 40 hospitals operating in the 83,797 square mile region, it is actually enough to cater to the population, as it’s the 7th least densely populated state in the country. Its top rated hospital, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, is nationally ranked in one specialty plus high performance in six procedures and conditions. Another notable hospital is Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, high performing in six procedures/conditions. Lastly, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is high performing in three procedures/conditions.
Although Idaho does not have any accredited medical schools, don’t let that bleak fact fool you. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the state has 2,862 practicing physicians and around 18,000 professionally active nurses. Finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in Idaho is relatively easy, with a good number of eye centers and optic clinics throughout some of the state’s most populated areas.
Experts have revealed that there are about 34 million Americans who suffer from near sightedness, quickly followed by around cataracts which affect around 24 million, and then 14 million suffering from far sightedness. Another alarming fact is that even if people do not have these, at one point or another they will eventually develop age-related far sightedness by the time they reach 45 to 50 years old. As a fix, LASIK surgery is the end-all solution that trumps wearing eye glasses or contact lenses. While both are reliable, with 150 million in the U.S. relying on glasses and 38 million relying on contacts, and some alternating between both at times, they still do not address the underlying issues. LASIK, however, is increasing in popularity, as the effective corrective eye surgery is now performed around 700,000 or so patients each year.