Famous for Mount Rushmore, the midwestern state of South Dakota is home to 865,454 residents. With 53 hospitals in the 78,116 square mile area, it’s relatively easy to find great healthcare and eye experts. The Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls is one of the best in the state, nationally ranking in two adult specialties and high performing in eight procedures and conditions. Also located in the state’s largest city, the Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls is high performing in five procedures and conditions. The third best hospital in the state is Rapid City Regional Hospital, high performing in four adult procedures and conditions.
The state is also home to one medical school, the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota – while low in medical educational institutions, the state does not lack professionals. As of 2016, there are 1,884 practicing physicians and over 14,800 professionally active nurses according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in South Dakota is quite easy, as there is a good number of eye care centers in some of the state’s most populous cities.
The state of South Dakota, and the rest of the United States, are benefiting from LASIK as years pass. It is estimated that each year, around 700,000 surgeries are performed, and this number is expected to rise to approximately 720,000 by the year 2020. With millions of Americans suffering from vision problems such as near and far sightedness, cataracts, and age-related far sightedness, it is no surprise that around 150 million people in the country depend on wearing eye glasses and 38 million others regularly wear contact lenses. LASIK surgery helps eliminate the need for wearing either.