Michigan, also widely known as the Great Lakes State, has 147 hospitals that serve its 9.9 million population. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor is its top ranking hospital, and has a few eye centers within them, in addition to being nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and high performing in nine procedures and conditions. The second-best in the state is Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak, which has its own eye institute, and is nationally ranked in nine adult specialties plus high performing in nine procedures and conditions. Scattered throughout the state are a number of eye centers and institutes, so its easy finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in Michigan.
With the state boasting seven medical schools, it’s no surprise there are 35,900 practicing physicians stationed all over the 96,716 square mile area. Some of the most notable schools are: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Central Michigan University College of Medicine.
In a state that has a number of medical innovations and a significant number of medical schools, LASIK is increasing in popularity, as it is in the rest of the country. In fact, there are about 700,000 surgeries performed each year, and it is expected to increase to about 720,000 by 2020. However, there are still around 34 million U.S. residents who suffer from near sightedness, about 24 million experiencing cataracts, and over 14 million who suffer from far sightedness. In addition to these alarming statistics, it was found that all adults would eventually develop age-related far sightedness by the time they reach the ages of 45 and 50. LASIK can help address these, potentially eliminating the need for wearing eye glasses and contact lenses.