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Events

 

Patient and caregiver educational events have 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 for 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.

 

  • Eyelid Surgery – Cosmetic vs. Medically Necessary | Presented by Plastic Surgeon Nicolas Villanustre, MD

    Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Tarpon Springs

    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 for patients new to eyelid surgery.
     
    Nicolas Villanustre, MD, is a plastic surgeon and medical director at Reflections at St. Luke’s in Clearwater and at the new location in Tarpon Springs, Florida. 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.
     

  • Cataract Surgery – Your Firsthand Look Into the Operating Room and Beyond | Presented by Cataract Surgeon Brandon Rodriguez, MD

    Wednesday October 9th, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Tarpon Springs

    Ever wondered what having cataract surgery might be like? This session will walk you through the testing and evaluation, the pre-operative care, the surgery, and the post-operative checkup! In this lunch & learn for patients new to cataract surgery, you’ll watch as the surgeon removes the cataract and replaces it with an intraocular lens in our surgical suite. You’ll see the experience from behind the scenes and you can ask questions along the way. A light lunch will be served at this free event.
     
    Brandon Rodriguez, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in advanced cataract surgery. As one of the most experienced eye surgeons in his field, Dr. Rodriguez 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.
     

  • Glaucoma – The Silent Thief of Sight | Presented by Glaucoma Surgeon Abayomi Fabunmi, MD

    Wednesday October 16th, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Tarpon Springs

    Glaucoma is a group of diseases that have no early symptoms, which is why people sometimes refer to it as the silent thief of sight. Dr. Abayomi Fabunmi will discuss how Glaucoma is diagnosed, the causes, and the treatment options available – both surgical and non-surgical.
     
    He will also explain intraocular pressure, the optic nerve and how Glaucoma causes damage that can lead to vision loss and blindness. Glaucoma is one of the best examples of why it’s crucial to get regular eye examinations — because if caught early, it can often be managed, saving your precious eye sight.
     
    A light lunch will be served at this free event.
     
    Complete the RSVP form on this page or call 727-475-2222 to reserve your seat.
     

  • Cataract Surgery – Your Firsthand Look Into the Operating Room and Beyond | Presented by Cataract Surgeon Jeffrey Wipfli, MD and Dr. Crystal Hoffert, OD

    Thursday October 24th, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Tarpon Springs

    Ever wondered what having cataract surgery might be like? This event will walk you through the testing and evaluation, the pre-operative care, the surgery, and the post-operative checkup! In this lunch & learn for patients new to cataract surgery, you’ll watch as the surgeon removes the cataract and replaces it with an intraocular lens in our surgical suite. You’ll see the experience from behind the scenes and you can ask questions along the way. A light lunch will be served at this free event. Note – this is the same session as the event on October 9th.
     
    This session will be presented by Dr. Crystal Hoffert and it features a video taken from the unique vantage point of inside the operating room as Dr. Wipfli performs surgery.
     

    Jeffrey Wipfli MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in advanced cataract surgery. 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.
     

    Dr. Crystal Hoffert obtained her doctorate of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she received numerous clinic honors. She has a strong interest in medical optometry. She is an optometric physician who works closely with Dr. Wipfli on post-operative care. In addition, she sees patients seeking care for a wide range of ophthalmic conditions.
     

    Complete the RSVP form on this page or call 727-475-2222 to reserve your seat.
     

  • Tinnitus and Hearing Services – My Ears are Ringing. Do I have Tinnitus? | Presented by Kristen Decelles, Audiologist

    Wednesday October 30th, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Tarpon Springs

    This session will help you identify what might be causing hearing problems for you or someone you know. Ringing in the ears, also known as Tinnitus, is a common occurrence in adults and older adults. Diminished hearing is also a challenge faced by many.
     

    St. Luke’s audiologist Dr. Kristen Decelles will discuss these conditions and others that impact hearing. She will show examples of the latest technology for those who are candidates for hearing-related devices. She’ll also discuss practices and products you can use to preserve your hearing. A light lunch will be served and at the conclusion of the event, participants may schedule a no-cost hearing evaluation.

     
    Complete the RSVP form on this page or call 727-475-2222 to reserve your seat.

     

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