Home to over 10 million people, the state of North Carolina houses 113 hospitals in its 53,819 square mile area. Among these many hospitals, Duke University Hospital tops the list with its 13 adult specialties, high performance in nine adult procedures and conditions, and 3,362 affiliated doctors. University of North Carolina Hospital, located in Chapel Hill, comes in second, as it is nationally ranked in eight adult specialties, with high performance in seven adult procedures and conditions.
The Tar Heel state has five medical schools, namely the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Wake Forest School of Medicine Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Duke University School of Medicine. Having these many educational institutions, the state now has a total of 25,588 practicing doctors and 83,029 professionally active nurses as of 2016. As such, finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in North Carolina is quite easy, with many vision care and eye centers available.
North Carolina, and the rest of the United States, have been benefiting from LASIK for years – in fact, in the U.S. there are around 700,000 procedures performed each year and that number is expected to rise to 720,000 by the year 2020. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this procedure to be performed on adults 18 years old and above, although ages 21 and above are more likely candidates since younger people may still experience change in refractive error, deeming them unsuitable for LASIK. Qualified interested patients are able to experience improved vision, with a satisfaction rate around 92 to 98 percent based on a recent survey by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Truly, LASIK is a great alternative to wearing prescription eye glasses or contact lenses every day.