Laser vision correction procedure volume in the United States increased for the third year in a row, indicating a growing demand for LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures, according to data released by the Refractive Surgery Council (RSC).
Year-to-date laser vision correction volume reached 645,574 procedures by the end of the third quarter – an increase of 6.5 percent over the same period in 2017. The numbers reflect a steady upward trend since 2015 – an average year over year growth rate of 8 percent. Procedures in the analysis include LASIK, PRK, and small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE).
“The numbers reflect growing consumer interest and demand in laser vision correction, an expanding candidacy population based on demographics, epidemic rates of myopia and, most importantly, technological advancements that allow surgeons to offer this procedure to more patients,” RSC Chairman Jim Wachtman, said in a company news release. “Laser vision correct procedures are safe and effective, making them a very attractive vision correction option for those who are good candidates. The RSC will continue to make a strong investment, with industry partners and physician organizations, in patient education, to enable more people considering laser vision correction to have a better understanding of the procedure, supporting this growth pattern.”
RSC focuses on educational efforts about the benefits of LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures across all public channels. The goal of these programs is to ensure that people considering laser vision correction have access to a breadth of information they can trust and have confidence in its credibility and authority. Developed specifically for the laser vision correction prospect, all RSC material is reviewed by experts in the field to ensure people the information they need to make decisions about which options are right for them. The Council this year introduced its “RSC Verified” seal to ensure that all RSC patient education information is readily identified wherever it appears.