Located in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is home to over 4 million people. Nicknamed the Beaver State, its 98,381 square miles of land has 50 hospitals serving its population. Their best hospital is the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland. It’s a teaching hospital, nationally ranked in seven adult specialties and high performing in nine adult procedures/conditions. The second-best hospital is the Providence Portland Medical Center, also in Portland, nationally ranked in one adult specialty and high performing in five adult specialties.
The state also has two medical schools: the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest in Lebanon and the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine in Portland and Hillsboro. It also has quite a number of health professionals working throughout the state – among the 11,188 practicing doctors are a number of eye care experts. With these good statistics, finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in Oregon is relatively simple and quick.
LASIK is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people older than 18 years old, although the ideal patient is over 21 due to people below this age still experiencing changes to whatever refractive error their vision has. People who are suffering from some of the most common vision problems, such as near sightedness, far sightedness, and cataracts, are welcome to consult to see if their situation calls for the procedure. For people who qualify, LASIK is an investment that helps eliminate the use of eye glasses and contact lenses – over 90 percent of people who have undergone the surgery achieve 20/2/ to 20/40 vision. In the U.S. alone, over 700,000 LASIK procedures are performed every year, making it one of the most common surgeries in the country, and this number is expected to increase to approximately 720,000 by the year 2020.