What is LASIK?


Here at AbellEyes in Lexington, Kentucky, Custom Wavefront LASIK is the procedure of choice because it is preferred by experienced refractive surgeons (LASIK surgeons) around the world. LASIK is an acronym for Laser In-situ Keratomileusis, which means, “to shape the cornea within using a laser.” Before the recent advancements in technology, eye doctors were only able to use standard measurements to correct vision, meaning that prescriptions could only provide a certain level of corrections regardless of an individual’s needs. Now, they can measure and correct the unique imperfections of each individual’s vision and provide them with the potential to experience better vision than is possible with glasses or contact lenses. It treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea (the transparent dome covering of the eye) to refocus light rays more precisely on the retina.


How long does LASIK take to perform?


The procedure lasts only a few seconds and is performed by Dr. Tom Abell, M.D., one of the most recognized LASIK surgeons in Kentucky as well as the entire U.S.


Does LASIK hurt?


Because the cornea is easily numbed with “eye drop” anesthesia, patients report little, if any discomfort, both during and after the procedure.


Will I need someone to drive me home following my procedure?


Yes. Every patient is given a mild sedative to relax them prior to the procedure. No one should drive after being given this medication for 24 hours. Also the vision following your procedure will be a little blurry due to the medication and lubricating drops given during the procedure.


Are both eyes treated the same day?


Yes, in most cases. Most patients prefer the convenience of having both eyes treated the same day, but occasionally there are reasons that it would not be advisable.


What can I expect following the procedure?


Following your LASIK procedure, drops are placed on the eye to facilitate the healing process. After your LASIK treatment you will need to go home and rest. Sleep is very helpful to the eyes and ensures quicker healing following the procedure.