Montana’s 50 hospitals are open to serve over 1 million people living in the 147,040 square mile Northwest state. Based on a report from the U.S. News and World Report Best Rankings, there are two notable hospitals within the Treasure State, the Billings Clinic in Billings, high performing in six procedures and conditions, and St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, high performing in seven procedures and conditions.
While it may seem like finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in Montana might not be easy, it is. While the state does not have any accredited medical schools, it does have a wealth of healthcare professionals, including eye experts. With 2,166 practicing doctors in the state, as well as 14,734 professionally active nurses, there are a number of eye health professionals working in Montana’s various eye clinics and LASIK centers.
It is understandable that people can initially be intimidated by the thought of lasers hitting the eyes. However, LASIK has had a positive reputation since its invention, and today there are around 700,000 surgeries performed every year in the United States alone. Experts believe this number tends to increase, and they expect it to reach 720,000 by the year 2020. LASIK allows people to achieve improved or even near perfect vision, with 90 percent of qualified patients who have undergone it to achieve 20/20 to 20/40 vision, eliminating their need for wearing prescription eye glasses or contact lenses every day. A survey performed by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive surgery reveals that most patients of LASIK have positive experiences, with a satisfaction range of 92 to 98 percent in the U.S. – there is also a 95.4 percent patient satisfaction worldwide for LASIK patients, proving that this refractive eye correction procedure is definitely worth the investment.