US laser vision correction procedure volume grew for the third straight year in 2018, reflecting continued strong demand for LASIK and other forms of laser vision correction, according to figures released by The Refractive Surgery Council (RSC).
More than 843,000 laser vision correction procedures, including LASIK, PRK, and small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE), were performed in 2018. The figure represents a 6.2 percent increase in procedures over 2017 and continues a 3-year upward trend since 2015.
“Our reporting shows an average year-over-year growth of 7.5 percent over the past 3 years, reflecting strengthening consumer demand for laser vision correction and broad confidence that it is safe and effective. With the enormous need for vision correction among today’s adult populations and the widespread availability of advanced laser vision correction technologies, we foresee a return to annual procedure volumes in excess of 1 million,” RSC Chairman Jim Wachtman, said in a company news release. “To foster that demand, and to ensure that as many people as possible who are good candidates for laser vision correction benefit from the procedures, RSC continues to expand upon its patient education efforts to ensure quality, accurate information about refractive surgery is available to those people considering their vision correction options.”
RSC’s educational efforts work to ensure public awareness and understanding of the benefits of LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures. The goal of these programs is to ensure that people considering laser vision correction have access to information they can trust to be accurate and, therefore, have confidence in its credibility and authority. Developed specifically for the laser vision correction prospect, RSC material is reviewed by experts in the field to ensure people have the information they need to make decisions about which options are right for them. Bearing the “RSC Verified” seal, the RSC patient information content is accessible through its Eye-You.org website.