Patient and caregiver education has been a key component of the St. Luke’s philosophy since Dr. James Gills first began his practice in 1968. The doctors at St. Luke’s use the latest techniques and technology in their care of patients and we strive to ensure that each patient is directly involved in their treatment plan and aware of potential challenges, successes and outcome possibilities. In addition prevention and early detection of eye, hearing and skin conditions are often directly correlated to the effectiveness of treatment. For these reasons St. Luke’s holds regular educational events to the public.
Events are held onsite at the various St. Luke’s locations – see descriptions for dates, times and locations. A light lunch is served. All sessions are offered at no cost. Make your reservation using the RSVP button.
LUNCH & LEARN: EYELID SURGERY: FUNCTIONAL OR COSMETIC? PRESENTED BY NICOLAS VILLANUSTRE, MD, PLASTIC SURGEON
As we age, our eyelids can droop and sag, sometimes even disrupting vision. This session will cover eyelid surgery and what insurance companies consider medically necessary versus cosmetic. There will be examples of the procedure shown as well as other services that often can accompany eyelid surgery. There will be a presentation followed by a Q&A session with the doctor. A light lunch will be served at this free event.
Nicolas Villanustre, MD, is a plastic surgeon who works at both St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute and Reflections at St. Luke’s. In 2016 he was named #1 on Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Top Florida Plastic Surgeons. Complete the RSVP form on this page or call 727-475-2222 to reserve your seat.
LUNCH & LEARN: HEARING HEALTH – FROM TINNITUS TO STATE-OF THE-ART HEARING AIDS – PRESENTED BY KRISTEN DECELLES, AUDIOLOGIST
St. Luke’s is known for world-class eye care, but did you know we also treat ears? We offer comprehensive hearing care from a team of audiologists and hearing aid specialists with over 75 years of combined experience. This session will cover the latest advancements in all kind of hearing aids, tinnitus, the anatomy of the ear, how hearing interacts with your other senses, and how hearing impacts your overall quality of life. There will be a presentation followed by a Q&A session with the doctor. A light lunch will be served at this free event.
Kristen Decelles is a board certified Doctor of Audiology, specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing-related-disorders. She has a decade of experience in audiology. Complete the RSVP form on this page or call 727-475-2222 to reserve your seat.
LUNCH & LEARN: DRY EYE – CAUSES & TREATMENTS – PRESENTED BY BRANDON RODRIGUEZ, MD, CORNEA SURGEON & CATARACT SURGEON
Over 3 million Americans experience Dry Eye each year. A number of factors can contribute to this disorder so identification of the cause is important when determining a course of treatment. This session will delve into who gets Dry Eye, why it occurs, options for treatment of symptoms, and new technologies soon available. There will be a presentation followed by a Q&A session with the doctor. A light lunch will be served at this free event.
Brandon Rodriguez, MD, is a board certified, award-winning ophthalmologist specializing in advanced cataract and refractive surgery. He is also a cornea trained surgeon, who specializes in pterygium surgery and cutting edge treatments for dry eye syndrome. Complete the RSVP form on this page or call 727-475-2222 to reserve your seat.
St. Luke’s at The Villages is proud to offer special educational events on the health issues that impact your life.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world. Femtosecond-assisted surgery uses laser technology to provide additional precision and safety to the procedure. In this session, you’ll learn the benefits of Femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery and how it can help you. The session will be presented by John Gooch, MD. The doctor will be available for questions during the one-hour session.
This complimentary event is for new patients and will be held at St. Luke’s at The Villages in Sumter Landing and a light lunch will be served. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are required. Call 352-702-4303 to reserve your seat.
Ever wondered what having cataract surgery might be like? This event will show you the procedure – live! The surgeon will remove the cataract and replace it with an intraocular lens in our surgical suite while you, the attendees, watch via a video feed. Following the surgery, the doctor and patient will join us if conditions allow and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions. A light lunch will be served at this free event.
Jeffrey Wipfli, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in advanced cataract surgery, LASIK and other refractive surgeries. As one of the most experienced eye surgeons in his field, Dr. Wipfli can advise patients on the full range of surgical and lens options available to best address their needs and accomplish their vision goals. Complete the RSVP form on this page or call 727-475-2222 to reserve your seat.