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World Class Vision Care

St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute has a long-standing reputation for excellence in cataract surgery and eye care. The eye surgeons and ophthalmologists at St. Luke’s are known for their expertise and dedication to care-giving. With state of the art equipment and facilities, our doctors continue the tradition of innovation and development of new technologies and techniques in ophthalmology that our founder, Dr. James Gills began when he first opened the doors in 1968.

Patients from over 75 countries have visited us for cataract and refractive surgery and for treatment of other diseases of the eye including retina diseases and glaucoma. Others turn to St. Luke’s for hearing, and plastic surgery services. The entire team of medical professionals at St. Luke’s is focused on providing our patients with a pleasant, comfortable experience from well-care exams to specialized consultations and surgical procedures.

When patients visit our eye clinics in Tarpon Springs, Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Spring Hill and The Villages, they can expect to be treated as though they are a member of our own families. From the first phone call or email to the follow-up visit and beyond, we’re here to provide optimal outcomes for your vision needs.

Use this website to research our doctors, the eye care and other services we provide, our clinic locations and more. When you’re ready, call us with questions or to schedule an appointment. We will assist you every step of the way.

Our President & CEO

Dr. Pit Gills a cataract surgeon and board-certified ophthalmologist, is also fellowship-trained in cornea surgery and disease. Since joining St. Luke’s in 2001, his skill, extensive training, and experience with many types of intraocular lenses and latest laser technologies have allowed him to provide his patients with the most current treatment advancements. At the same time, his philosophy is to practice balance and restraint – drawing on his broad spectrum of specialties – to tailor each treatment for each individual and knowing when to use, and when not to use the latest technologies.


In addition to treating current patients and leading the team of cataract surgeons at St. Luke’s, Dr. Gills is engaged in developing new techniques that will benefit patients in the future. He has participated in multiple clinical studies and FDA trials of intraocular lenses and has published articles in key scientific journals and medical textbooks. Dr. Gills also shares his extensive surgical experience through presentations to colleagues at major scientific symposiums.


Today, as President and CEO of one of the largest freestanding ambulatory eye care centers in the United States, Dr. Pit Gills has performed more than 40,000 cataract surgeries, making him the one of the most sought-after cataract surgeons in Florida. Dr. Pit Gills approaches each patient as if they were a member of his family, asking himself, “What would I do if this was my mother, my brother, or my sister?” This philosophy is what has made St. Luke’s the choice of patients from over 77 countries.

  • Painless perfection best describes my experience with Dr. Pit Gills and St. Luke’s. My vision was restored to an incredible state which permits me to see like a youngster, and I am 80!

    — Charles J.
  • I had an outstanding experience with Dr. Pit Gills. Highly recommended! Actually, traveled and drove over 2000 miles (roundtrip) three (3) times for diagnosis, surgery, and follow-up. Would gladly do it again. Everything was great and the cataract surgery has far exceeded my expectations. St. Luke’s is also a wonderful Christian hospital. My prayers answered in being able to see again like when I was a kid without glasses. You are treated cordially and lovingly as a whole person!

    — Dr. Rick Klobuchar - Virginia Beach, VA
  • After receiving treatment from Dr. Gills, I tossed my glasses and read the paper, drive at night and tie a fish hook on my line. I could not have ask for anything better. I tell people if they want the best sight then go to the best, like I did. His staff is top notch. His office/clinic is very impressive. All of this with no pain or discomfort.

    — Jim - North Port, FL
  • Having cataract surgery with Dr. Pit was just like clockwork. Everyone was so nice and they kept me informed as to whatever the next step would be in preparation. I felt calm and was assured the procedure would be O.K. I especially appreciated the assistant having prayer before the surgery and knowing I was surrounded by Christians. My follow-up appointments were just as easy. I would recommend St. Luke’s to any one.

    — Peggy - Spring Hill
  • Every employee we encountered was helpful and courteous. That type of culture says a lot about the company and its leadership. Very impressive experience and results!

    — Jay - Bradenton
  • I found St. Luke’s and Dr. Pit Gills to be the most professional medical experience I have ever experienced. It was great!

    — Roger B.
  • St. Luke’s was amazing and Dr. Pit Gills and staff were very professional and courtesy. I find if you need any eye care St. Luke’s is the place to go.

    — Alan A. - Tarpon Springs
  • I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with Dr. Pit Gills and St. Luke’s. Wonderful people helped us through both cataract surgeries. I recommend them to everyone I know.

    — Tammy - Tarpon Springs
  • Everyone at St. Luke’s is so friendly and this meant a lot. I was anxious about my surgery but they went out of their way to make me feel at ease. My doctor, Dr. Pit, is the best in the area, so I shouldn’t be surprised at how well everything turned out, but I still am. Thank you St. Luke’s!

    — Margie P. - Palm Harbor
  • My cataract surgery with Dr. Pit Gills has me seeing like I did when I was in my 20s! I also appreciate how he followed up afterward to make sure everything was progressing along nicely. I highly recommend him.

    — James S. - Tampa
  • After researching many plastic surgeons, I consulted with Dr. Villanustre. From the first moment we met, I was struck by his professionalism. He instilled a feeling of caring and sincerity as he patiently answered all of my questions. I feel wonderful having had my surgery with him. It has had a positive impact on my life … adding confidence and an overall feeling of well-being.

    — Estelia, Plastic Surgery Patient
  • I am very grateful to have found Dr. Villanustre and his talented staff. What I love most about going to Reflections at St. Luke’s is the honesty I get from the doctor. He actually recommended against a procedure I was considering, saying that I was fine in that area. We agreed on a tummy tuck and liposuction and he was right. I have attained the look I wanted!

    — Valerie, Plastic Surgery Patient