Illinois, home of the Windy City, has 188 hospitals that cater to 12.8 million residents. Impressively, eight of their hospitals are nationally rated. Its top three, namely: Northwestern Memorial Hospital (nationally ranked in 13 adult specialties, high performing in nine procedures and conditions), Rush University Medical Center (nationally ranked in nine adult specialties, high performing in seven conditions and procedures), and the University of Chicago Medical Center (nationally ranked in four adult specialties, high performing in two procedures and conditions), are all located in Chicago.

The Prairie State houses eight accredited medical schools, including Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Based on the Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest report, the state has over 40,000 practicing physicians and over 173,000 professionally active nurses. Finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon is simple and worth it, as many eye centers and vision specialty clinics are scattered throughout the state’s 57,914 square mile area.

It’s a shocking statistic that throughout the U.S. there are still about 150 million Americans who still depend on wearing eyeglasses, and 38 million wearing contact lenses regularly. Some people even alternate between both. In the state of Illinois, and throughout the country as well, more and more people are discovering the benefits of getting LASIK eye surgery procedures. There is an estimated 700,000 LASIK eye surgeries performed each year, and experts believe this number will rise to 720,000 by 2020 due to its increasing popularity and high success rate. With about 34 million U.S. citizens suffering from near sightedness, it is the most common vision problem in the country. This is closely followed by cataracts with over 24 million affected, and then 14 million others suffering from far sightedness as well.