Maine, the northernmost state in New England, has 34 hospitals throughout its 35,385 square mile area. Two of their top hospitals, Maine Medical Center in Portland and Central Maine Medical Center in Lewinston, offer high quality eye care to patients seeking impressive, effective vision experts. There are a number of eye centers throughout the state, so finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in Maine is easy if you know where to look.
With one accredited medical school in the Pine Tree State, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Biddleford, Maine’s healthcare professionals are assured of great high quality education. Based on a report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, hospitals and medical clinics in the state currently have 4,368 physicians and 21,876 professionally active nurses.
LASIK surgery is increasing in popularity, reaching to as many as 700,000 performed surgeries each year. It is estimated that this number will reach 720,000 by 2020. However, even with its ever growing number of patrons, most Americans still prefer other ways of correcting their refractive errors. Statistics found that as many as 150 million Americans still depend on wearing eye glasses, and about 38 million others wear contact lenses regularly just to go about their days. While not everyone is qualified to undergo LASIK, such as people with extremely dry eyes (which is a side effect of the surgery in the first place), those who invest in the procedure enjoy an improved, or even near-perfect eyesight after their surgery. With over 34 million U.S. residents suffering from near sightedness, 24 million experiencing cataracts, and 14 million affected by far sightedness, these people may have a chance at getting their visions – and their normal lives – back, thanks to LASIK.