The Refractive Surgery Council (RSC) reported the strongest first half laser vision correction (LVC) procedure volume growth in nearly a decade. The 82 percent year-over-year growth, fueled by the strong quarter-over-quarter performance, resulted in 231,503 LASIK, SMILE and PRK procedures performed, representing a nearly 200 percent increase over Q2 2020 during the height of the nationwide pandemic shut down.
“LVC’s current momentum is a reflection of consumers’ desire to take control of their vision in what has been an uncertain, yet optimistic, moment in time,” RSC Chairman Jim Wachtman said in a company news release. “With the surge in travel and other pastimes, it’s clear life and lifestyle are firm priorities and those dealing with vision correction issues are now unwilling to compromise with glasses or contacts.”
“We know people have been experiencing their vision differently during the pandemic between an urgent need to focus on health and long hours spent at home. With a post-COVID return to work and life becoming a reality, people are considering the benefits and safety of LVC and deciding the time to act is now,” said Kerry Solomon, M.D., Advanced Vision Correction Director, Carolina Eye Research Institute.
RSC’s procedure volume report is based upon utilization data gathered from the industry’s leading refractive device manufacturers, providing a market performance indicator for the sector.