Laser vision correction procedure volume grows in first half of 2021
Laser vision correction procedures increased by almost 200% in the second quarter of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020, according to a press release from the Refractive Surgery Council.
The second quarter performance contributed to “the strongest H1 laser vision correction (LVC) procedure volume growth in nearly a decade,” the release said. The comparison comes from the second quarter of 2020, during the peak of the national shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the second quarter of 2021, there were 231,503 LASIK, SMILE and PRK procedures performed.
“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,” Jim Wachtman, chairman of the Refractive Surgery Council, said in the 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.”
The council compiled its volume report using data gathered from “the industry’s leading refractive device manufacturers,” the release said.