Dr Thomas Abell Lexington KY

Dr. Tom Abell, M.D. was the first surgeon to perform LASIK eye surgery in Lexington, KY. He performed his first eye surgery in 1985 and continues to be a leader in the field. Dr. Abell has been one of only a few eye surgeons in the U.S. to be selected to be part of Alcon’s Refractive Clinical Advisory Board. Dr. Abell has offices in Lexington and Campbellsville, Kentucky, and offers the latest diagnostic and eye care treatment technologies available to ophthalmologists and their patients.


A pioneer in refractive surgery, Dr. Abell is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has performed over 35,000 refractive procedures on eye care patients since 1985. He is an active member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and certified by the American College of Eye Surgeons.


Doctor Abell graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Following an internship at Jewish Hospital (Cincinnati), he served on staff as chief resident in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.


In the mid-1980s, Dr. Abell became one of the leading innovators in eye lens implant surgery and refractive surgery. From that period to the present, Dr. Abell helped train ophthalmologists in Lexington, KY, in the U.S., and abroad in advancing techniques of intraocular lens implant surgery and refractive surgery. As a result of his care and accomplishments, he was one of the core investigators in the Food and Drug Administration American Laser In-situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) study (CRS/USA). Dr. Abell also served as a clinical core investigator for the Allegretto Wave Laser, which received FDA approval for both nearsightedness and farsightedness in 2003.

Dr. Abell has conducted numerous courses and presentations on refractive surgery (ALK, PRK, RK, LASIK, et al.). He has been a frequent speaker at the American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgeons, and many ophthalmologist associations in the U.S. and throughout the world. In addition, he has authored many published and peer-reviewed articles about refractive surgical techniques and eye procedures. In the community, Dr. Abell consistently gives back through his services as Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, as well as being on the UK Board of Trustees.  Aside from all of Doctor Abell’s care and dedication to the field of ophthalmology, he also supports many charitable organizations throughout Lexington, KY.


Dr. Abell has written about eye care and been quoted in numerous medical journals. Click on the items below to read some of these articles:

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