The American Academy of Ophthalmology has compiled statistics regarding LASIK surgery and refractive error rates in the United States in the 2009 report Eye Health Statistics at a Glance. According to the report, more than 700,000 LASIK procedures are performed each year; this number was pulled from the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery's Eye Surgery Education Council. Although laser surgery provides patients with a permanent method of improving their vision, millions of patients that are good candidates for LASIK choose to instead rely on eyeglasses and contact lenses to see clearly.
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Number of U.S. Patients Affected by Refractive Errors
- Presbyopia (age-related farsightedness): All adults eventually develop presbyopia, usually between the ages of 45 and 50, as the ciliary muscle weakens
- Astigmatism: The AAO report states that one in three people have astigmatism
- Hyperopia (farsightedness): According to the AAO's 2009 report, more than 12 million Americans age 40 and over suffer from hyperopia
- Myopia (nearsightedness): According to WebMD, 47 million Americans aged 20 and up cannot see objects at a distance clearly
Refractive Errors Treatment Statistics
- Eye surgery procedures such as LASIK are not nearly as popular as eyeglasses and contact lenses, with just 700,000 procedures performed annually.
- Contact lenses are the second most common treatment for myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, with 38 million Americans wearing contact lenses regularly.
- Eyeglasses are by far the most common treatment for refractive errors, with 150 million Americans depending on glasses to see clearly.
(Source: AAO 2009 Eye Health Statistics at a Glance report)
Contact a LASIK Surgeon
If you are considering undergoing LASIK eye surgery so you can benefit from permanent vision correction, contact a surgeon . A LASIK surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for treatment, and advise you of the risks and costs associated with treatment.