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43309 US Highway 19 N
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Toll Free: 800.282.9905
13303 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
1180 Mariner Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL 34609
14030 US Hwy 19 N
Bayonet Point, FL 34667
9400 9th Street N (MLK)
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
501 S Fort Harrison Ave
Clearwater FL 33756
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In 1974, Dr. James Gills became the first physician in the United States to dedicate himself to the treatment of cataracts using intraocular lens implants. Now recognized as the world’s most experienced cataract and lens implant surgeon, he has the distinction of having performed more cataract and lens implant surgeries than anyone else in the world. Dr. Gills’ innovative techniques have helped to reduce complications of cataract surgery and to define the standard of care. As a sought after lecturer, Dr. Gills shares his wealth of knowledge and surgical techniques with thousands of surgeons in symposiums around the world. Dr. Gills is a graduate of Duke University Medical School where he also performed his surgical internship. He served his residency in ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University’s Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute. Since entering private practice in 1968, his more than 40 years of service to ophthalmology has earned him countless awards, including the 2007 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award.
As a specialist in cataract and refractive surgery, Dr. Pit Gills brings his personal commitment to excellence to patients at St. Luke’s. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Gills earned his medical degree from Duke University Medical Center. He served his internship and ophthalmology residency at the University of South Florida. Dr. Gills continued post-doctoral training with a corneal fellowship at St. Luke’s. Dr. Gills has had the honor of authoring and coauthoring numerous published medical articles. He also shares his surgical experience with others at world-renowned symposiums nationwide.
At St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute, “Excellence…with love” has always meant dedication to caregiving, where our staff embrace the needs and concerns of our patients. Each patient is a member of our family. Love, understanding and comfort are our priorities. St. Luke’s is synonymous with striving for the highest possible levels of precision in cataract surgery. We believe that a better quality of vision means a better quality of life. By setting a new standard of care, we provide the best opportunity to achieve this standard for each and every patient. At St. Luke’s, it’s all a part of our continuing tradition of “Excellence…with love.”
In 1974, St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute became the first practice in the United States dedicated solely to cataract treatment through the use of intraocular lenses. St. Luke’s founder and director, James Gills, MD, has since expanded the practice so that it now provides treatment options for many different eye conditions and even offers a range of cosmetic procedures. However, St. Luke’s is still firmly rooted in cataract surgery. Our cataract surgeons utilize the most advanced technology and latest techniques to provide the highest level of care possible. They work alongside a knowledgeable medical team that strives to offer patients a pleasant, comfortable experience from general well-care exams to specialized consultations and surgical care.
In addition to cataract surgery including LenSx Blade-Free Laser Cataract Surgery, our board-certified physicians offer a complete menu of clinical care and surgical procedures, including retinal surgery, glaucoma surgery, corneal surgery, LASIK refractive surgery and cosmetic surgery, including a wide range of cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. “Excellence...with love” means we are committed to exceeding expectations and making patient experiences as pleasant as possible.
Watch the video below as a patient undergoes FDA approved, Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with Surgeon Dr. Pit Gills, MD at St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute.
At St. Luke’s, refractive surgery procedures are not one-size-fits-all. We offer a wide variety of alternatives, but for some patients, it can be difficult to know which alternative will best meet their needs. Using the latest, state-of-the-art technology, our surgeons determine if each patient qualifies for refractive surgery, and if so, which procedure is best suited for them. This recommendation is based on factors such as lifestyle, activities and the severity of “refractive error.”
At St. Luke’s, we also specialize in retinal treatment and surgery. We have experience helping patients with a full range of vitreous and retinal problems, including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, macular hole and other vitreoretinal disorders.
At St. Luke’s, we offer treatments for glaucoma, a disease frequently referred to as the sneak thief of sight because of its stealthy, painless character. Using our ultra-modern technology, this common affliction can be detected earlier and treated aggressively.
In addition to our world-renowned surgical procedures, St. Luke’s also offers routine and comprehensive, state-of-the-art ophthalmological well care examinations, as well as procedures focusing on uveitis and corneal speciality care.
At St. Luke’s, we have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals see more clearly. We also help our patients hear more clearly, too! We offer testing and treatments, including state-of-the-art hearing aids, for those experiencing hearing loss.
We understand that for many people the thought of having cataract surgery can be daunting. At the same time, we believe cataract surgery today offers truly exciting opportunities to restore vision and provide you with an outcome that is uniquely suited to your lifestyle and vision needs. At St. Luke’s, our cataract surgeons use the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and lens technologies available. We explain the benefits of advanced cataract surgery, which combines bladeless laser cataract surgery with state-of-the-art, high technology corrective lenses. We take the time to understand your lifestyle so we can recommend the surgical and lens options that are best suited to you and your vision goals.
The medication that St. Luke's received from NECC was a steroid medication used primarily to treat retinal problems. It is not the same steroid medication that has been linked to the recent Meningitis infections, nor is it the steroid used during routine cataract surgery. Because the injections are administered in the eye, any symptoms that would develop would appear in the eye. St. Luke's has had no reported cases of patient infections following these injections but in an abundance of caution we wanted to notify our patients and ask that you report any of the following to us immediately:
The safety of our patients is always our first priority.