The Midwestern state of Missouri serves as a home to over 6 million people, all of whom have access to 121 hospitals within the state’s 69,704 square mile territory. There is great medical care throughout, but topping the ranks is the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, nationally ranking in 12 adult specialties and high performing in nine procedures and conditions. St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City has national ranking in two adult specialties and high performing in eight procedures and conditions.

There are seven medical schools within Missouri, including the A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in Missouri is easy, as they are among the 8,723 primary care doctors in the state.

Many people are still afraid of or are intimidated by the thought of having LASIK surgery. Studies revealed that there are over 34 million Americans who suffer from near sightedness, as well as 14 million others who suffer from far sightedness. In addition to those, another 24 million are experiencing difficulty in their vision due to cataracts. Experts even revealed that even with perfect vision, all adults will eventually develop age-related far sightedness by the time they are between the ages of 45 and 50. It is no shock that there are about 150 million people in the U.S. who depend on glasses to correct their vision, and 38 million others who regularly wear contact lenses. Some people even alternate between the two options depending on which is available, more comfortable, or more affordable for them. However, LASIK is now increasing in popularity, with around 700,000 LASIK eye surgery procedures performed every year. This number is expected to increase to 720,000 procedures by 2020.