Home to about 2.9 million residents, the state of Kansas houses 131 hospitals to cater to its growing population. Its top ranking hospital, the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City boasts of eleven nationally ranked specialties and high performance in one procedure/condition. Around 63 miles from it is the Sunflower State’s second highest ranking hospital, the Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka, which has high performance in eight procedures/conditions.
Kansas, with its 82,278 square mile area, only has one accredited medical school: the University of Kansas School of Medicine. However, it is no indicator of how many medical professionals are around. With over 34,000 professionally active nurses and 7,317 doctors in the state, finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon is quite easy – a number of eye centers are spread all over its most populous cities.
It is alarming how many Americans are experiencing and suffering from various eye problems. The top three are: myopia (near sightedness), affecting over 34 million Americans; cataracts, affecting over 24 million; and hyperopia or hypermetropia (far sightedness). In addition, it was found that all adults would eventually develop age-related far sightedness, also known as presbyopia, which occurs often between the ages of 45 and 50. Many people still rely on glasses and contacts – there are 150 million Americans that depend on eye glasses, while about 38 million who regularly wear contact lenses, and some of these people even alternate between either solutions when the other one becomes ineffective, unavailable, or uncomfortable. LASIK is a great alternative that is an investment well worth it – something that around 700,000 people a year benefit from. People who underwent LASIK eye surgery procedures reported massively improved or even near-perfect vision that trumps the use of glasses and contacts.