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St. Luke’s was founded in 1968 by Dr. James P. Gills. In 1974, Dr. Gills’ practice at 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 surgeons became widely regarded as authorities on the treatment of many types of eye conditions. Today, led by Pit Gills, MD, St. Luke’s continues the legacy of innovation, thoughtful adoption of new technologies and an unsurpassed commitment to patient care.

In addition to cataract surgery, our board-certified physicians provide expertise in the full range of ophthalmic care and surgical procedures including:

  • Retinal treatment and surgery
  • Glaucoma treatment and surgery
  • Corneal surgery
  • Refractive / LASIK surgery
  • Comprehensive ophthalmology
  • Eyelid surgery


In addition to the treatment of eyes, St. Luke’s offers:

  • Hearing services
  • Plastic surgery
  • Aesthetic skin care


St. Luke’s main location is in Tarpon Springs. Our 78,000-square-foot facility houses our full service, state-of-the-art equipped ophthalmology clinic and an AAAHC accredited ambulatory surgery center with six operating rooms, 2 laser treatment rooms and  a 12-bed recovery area, making it one of the largest freestanding ambulatory eye care centers in the United States. St. Luke’s serves patients in six locations throughout the state of Florida including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Spring Hill and The Villages.