LASIK Eye Surgery Lexington Kentucky

The LASIK Procedure

LASIK laser eye surgery can decrease your dependence on glasses and contacts and enable you to continue your active lifestyle! Abell Eyes is committed to providing you with the highest quality of care, the most advanced technology available, and the most compassionate care from our experienced staff for your laser vision correction. The All-Laser LASIK surgery experience combines two exciting technological advances that offer patients a real possibility to achieve better than 20/20 outcomes. These technological advances are the Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ Femtosecond Laser for creating the flap and the WaveLight Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q excimer laser system for a personalized laser vision correction procedure.


Customizing The Laser Treatment

On the day of the procedure, anesthetic drops are placed on your eye. Using the Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ laser, a corneal flap is gently created and folded back. Then, the cool light from the Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q excimer laser reshapes the inner tissue of the cornea to create a new curvature and correct your vision in a matter of seconds. The Allegretto Wave®’s ‘PerfectPulse Technology®’ ensures that every laser pulse has ultra-stable energy levels and that every laser pulse is placed exactly where it’s intended.


This safe, high-speed laser also has an ultra-fast eye tracking system to follow eye movements during the procedure. Using three independent infrared light sources, the Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q will automatically pause the treatment if the eye moves out of range and resumes treatment when the eye is back in position. The Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q customizes every treatment to the patient’s prescription. In doing so, the Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q specifically addresses the spherical aberrations (visual distortions) that can cause glare and influence night driving.


LASIK Self-Evaluation Test

If you are seeking LASIK in the Central Kentucky area we are happy to provide you with more information about LASIK and your candidacy potential. Please feel free to take our short LASIK self-evaluation test to determine if you are a potential candidate. After you submit the LASIK Self-Evaluation test, the knowledgeable staff at Abell Eyes will contact you to discuss your laser vision correction options. Click here to take the Abell Eyes LASIK Self-Evaluation Test.

PerfectPulse Technology

PerfectPulse Technology™ represents a new approach to corrective eye surgery – it accounts for speed, precision, and safety in the Allegretto Wave® laser and offers improvements that are revolutionary in the field. Smart energy control measures and adjusts energy levels in the laser pulse from creation to delivery. High-speed eye tracking charts the eye’s movement 400 times per second. As a result, every laser pulse is completely controlled and accurate, achieving the most accurate level of correction possible.

Smart Energy Control

You can have peace of mind that the amount of energy in the laser has been calibrated to exactly the right level. After the beam has been created, it passes through three checkpoints on its way to your eye. At each of these points, the energy level is checked and adjusted if necessary, ensuring that the beam is perfectly attuned at its destination.


Allegretto Wave®’s laser is essentially a precise, controlled beam of energy. The laser employs a proprietary overlapping method to ensure accurate laser placement and is one of the ways that Allegretto Wave® achieves a rounder, more natural corneal surface than many other lasers used for vision correction.

Eye Tracking Technology

Due to the remarkable speed of both the eye and the Allegretto Wave® procedure, the laser beam needs to be constantly and minutely adjusted to the position of the eye at any given time. Every 4-6 milliseconds, the eye’s location is measured, and the internal mirrors of the Allegretto Wave® are automatically aligned. Right before the pulse is released, a second check is made to confirm that the eye has not moved. This happens 400 times every second, once for every laser pulse. If at any time, the eye moves too quickly to be measured or moves out of range, the laser will stop and wait for the eye to move back into position.


Currently, the Allegretto Wave® is the fastest vision correction laser for LASIK available in the United States. At 400 laser bursts per second, it only takes about four seconds of treatment to correct one diopter. Of course, spending less time under the laser means less stress and discomfort for the patient getting laser eye surgery.

Better Night Vision & Glare Control

At night and in dark conditions, the pupil becomes larger to permit the maximum amount of light to enter the eye. Laser eye correction needs to take this fact into account. If the optical zone is smaller than the size of the pupil at its largest, there is a good chance that the patient will experience poor night vision or problems with glare and halos around bright objects such as oncoming headlights. We use a tool called the Allegretto Wave® to produce a larger optical zone, virtually eliminating glare and night vision problems. This is due to the built-in wavefront-optimized technology.


Click here to download the WaveLight® Patient Brochure.

LASIK Financing

LASIK is a safe, effective, and affordable procedure! We want to make this experience as simple as possible for you. Our friendly staff will guide you through the entire process and make all financing options available to you! Laser vision correction is now more affordable than ever. Please contact the Abell Eyes surgical coordinator to determine a payment plan that suits you!


Abell Eyes offers CareCredit financing which allows for a flexible monthly payment option offered through Abell Eyes Refractive Solutions. It has programs that offer financing with NO money down and low monthly payments. It’s easy, fast, and flexible, so you can get your procedure immediately and enjoy your improved vision sooner. Click on the CareCredit logo to get started.


Please contact Abell Eyes to discuss which specific promotions are currently available. If you need help with the application process, please get in touch with a member of the Abell Eyes staff at (859) 373-0300.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is LASIK?

Here at Abell Eyes 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 correction 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 the eye) to refocus light rays more precisely on the retina. We may perform your Lasik on the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Laser.

How long does LASIK take to perform?

The procedure lasts about 15-20 minutes and is performed by Dr. Giltner.

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.

What results should I expect? How quickly will I see those results? How long will those results last?

You will see results from LASIK Eye Surgery within 1 day to 1 month of the procedure. 97% of people reach 20/20 vision. The results of LASIK are long-term; most people only need one LASIK procedure during their lifetime unless they experience cataracts.

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. 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.

How quick is the recovery time for LASIK surgery and how quickly can I return to work?

After your procedure, you should rest your eyes for 24 hours. Usually the next day you can return to work.

Do you offer custom LASIK?

At Abell Eyes, we only perform custom LASIK. Custom LASIK uses Wavefront LASIK technology to measure the eye from the front to back to create a three-dimensional corneal map. The Wavefront LASIK device collects information by using light reflected off the retina and through the pupil, and into the device, creating your unique map reflecting your lower or higher order aberrations. A patient’s unique visual irregularities are contained in this map, which is then sent to the laser via a computer. The Wavefront map effectively guides the laser in customizing the treatment to your individual visual irregularities, producing a personalized LASIK treatment.

Will you spend time with Dr. Giltner before your surgery?

Every patient will meet with Dr. Giltner before their LASIK procedure.

What is your outcome rate for achieving 20/20 vision obtaining LASIK?

Due to decades of experience, state-of-the-art technology, and thorough testing during LASIK consultations, 97% of Abell Eyes patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better after LASIK.

Free LASIK Consultations

Your LASIK consultation is completely free. Your complimentary visit will give you a chance to get to know our doctors and find out more about eye care options.