Undoubtedly one of the most famous states in the U.S., New York is home to 19.7 million people. Within the state’s 54,555 square mile area, residents and tourists have access to 170 hospitals, including the New York-Presbyterian Hospital – one of the oldest and largest hospitals in the country. It’s also affiliated with two of the state’s 17 accredited medical schools, namely Weill Cornell Medical School and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Mount Sinai is yet another prestigious school famous in the New York Tristate area, and for good reason – it has seven hospital campuses, and ranked within the country’s top hospitals having 12 specialties as of 2012.
With the state’s 81,951 practicing physicians and 185,512 professionally active nurses, there’s an estimate of 345 doctors available for every 100,000 people. Finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in New York is quite easy. In Manhattan alone, there’s a number of eye centers and vision clinics available, in addition to hospitals that have eye specialists.
The Empire State is not the only place in the country that has people benefiting from LASIK – throughout the United States there are an average of 700,000 surgeries performed each year. This number is steadily growing annually, and is expected to increase to 720,000 by the year 2020 based on its increasing popularity. The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery has revealed that most patients of LASIK experience a 92 to 98 perfect satisfaction rate. Studies show that people who have this surgery achieve 20/20 to 20/40 vision, the latter of which is the minimum requirement by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for people who want to drive a car or any other motor vehicle. LASIK is an effective and popular surgery that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be performed on qualified adults aged 18 and above (although the recommended minimum is 21 and above for medical reasons).