Often referred to as the Evergreen State because of its wealth of such trees, the state of Washington is the home of over 7.2 million residents. Serving this Pacific Northwest state are 90 hospitals scattered throughout the 71,362 square mile region. One of the best hospitals around is the University of Washington Medical Center, located in Seattle, and nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties plus high performing in eight procedures and conditions. Way out east in Spokane, the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital has high performance in eight procedures and conditions. Ranking third in the state is the Providence St. Peter Hospital, located in the state capital of Olympia, ranking with high performance in eight procedures and conditions.
Washington state boasts three medical schools, namely: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. With 20,244 practicing physicians assisted by over 56,000 professionally active nurses in the state as of 2016, finding a good laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgeon in Washington is relatively simple and quick. There are a number of great eye and vision centers especially within the Seattle metro.
It is not just the state of Washington reaping the benefits of LASIK surgery – throughout the country, there is an estimated 700,000 procedures performed annually. This number is even expected to rise to around 720,000 by the year 2020. This number, though outrageous, is relatively low in comparison to the number of Americans suffering from at least one form of vision problems. Studies show there are over 150 million people in the country depending on eye glasses and 38 million others regularly wearing contact lenses in order to see clearly. LASIK helps eliminate the need for either, as there is a 99 percent chance of getting at least 20/40 vision or better – some even achieve perfect 20/20 vision once again.