Oren Plous, M.D.
James Rowsey, M.D.
Louis Michaelos, M.D.
John Michaelos, M.D.
Louis Michaelos, D.O.

St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute
(866) 775-8734

1030 West Bay Drive
Suite 200
Largo, FL 33770

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St. Petersburg and Clearwater Cataract Surgeons

The Ophthalmologists at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute are well-known for their drive to offer patients better vision using the latest techniques and technology. The St. Petersburg and Clearwater team of eye doctors provides a welcoming atmosphere that puts patient education at the forefront. The center is the only one in North Florida named an Alcon Center of Excellence.

This multi-generational practice offers a comfortable setting for patients to receive state-of-the-art care for cataracts and other eye diseases. The Ophthalmologists can restore your vision through cataract surgery — a safe and effective procedure that removes the cataract and replaces it with an artificial lens.

Cataract Surgery in St. Petersburg and Clearwater

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss and blindness, but they are curable through cataract surgery. A cataract occurs when the proteins inside the lens of your eye build up and clump together, turning the clear lens opaque and affecting your vision. The symptoms may seem minor at first, with starbursts around lights when you drive at night. As the cataract worsens and the lens becomes cloudier, you may experience blurred vision, light sensitivity, double vision in the affected eye and dimmer eyesight in the daytime.

This eye disease is common in those 40 or older, and nearly half of adults have a cataract by the time they are 75. Some lifestyle factors can increase your likelihood of developing cataracts at a younger age, such as uncontrolled diabetes, obesity, smoking, UV light exposure, cholesterol medications or eye trauma.

Cataract surgery is the only way to eliminate the cataract. The procedure involves removing the clouded natural lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). You will notice improved vision right away, but full recovery takes a month or longer. Various IOLs are available that also address refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, so you can have clear, crisp vision after cataract surgery.

St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute also offers laser vision correction with LASIK and treatments for eye disease and conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, keratoconus and macular degeneration. Call (866) 775-8734 to schedule your appointment and discuss your ocular health and treatment options.

What Patients Say About St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute

“I had really poor vision due to cataracts, and I came to St. Michaels. I was amazed with the professionalism and the compassion I felt from the entire staff. I had a clear understanding of what to expect. I met Dr. Louis, and he exuded confidence which is important when someone is going to be working on your eyes. He was so professional and so kind, had a positive can-do attitude. I knew this was where I wanted to be taken care of. I could not be happier with the results following cataract surgery. I highly recommend St. Michaels. I can see clearly now!”

— Robert

“This is by far the best thing I ever did. To see near and far again after cataract surgery is fantastic. Dr. Louis is so professional and kind. I was not even worried; I always had 100% faith in him. The whole staff was professional and warm. I understand why they are so successful. Anyone who comes here will be thrilled.”

— Kim

“My experience was remarkable. Everyone was so nice, from the people who checked me in, the technicians and of course the doctor. Everyone made me feel so comfortable. It is so wonderful to see after cataract surgery!”

— Susan

Meet the Doctors at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute

  • Oren Plous, M.D. specializes in eye diseases that affect the retina, such as diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy) and macular degeneration. He earned his doctorate at Wayne State School of Medicine and completed his vitreoretinal fellowship at the University of Kentucky.
  • James Rowsey, M.D. is a board-certified Ophthalmologist specializing in corneal diseases and refractive surgery, including cataracts, corneal transplants and LASIK. He earned his doctorate at George Washington University and completed his residency at the Henry Ford Hospital.
  • Louis Michaelos, M.D. is the founding Ophthalmologist of St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute and established the clinic in 1961. He performs the whole gamut of eye care services. Dr. Michaelos earned his doctorate from the University of Miami School of Medicine.
  • John Michaelos, M.D. has an excellent reputation among his patients and peers in delivering perfect vision using the latest techniques and technologies available. He was among the first 10 Florida physicians to implant PanOptix (a multi-focal lens). He earned his doctorate from the University of Miami and completed his residency at the University of South Florida in corneal and external disease.
  • Louis Michaelos, D.O. is a third-generation Ophthalmologist at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute. He earned his Osteopathic Medicine degree at Nova Southeastern University and served as Chief Resident at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine during his residency. He specializes in refractive surgery, cataract surgery and other procedures.
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