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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LASIK Eye Surgery St. Petersburg and Clearwater

St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute offers excellent eye care to patients in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The center is known for its welcoming atmosphere, patient-focus and highly trained Ophthalmologists. The multi-generational team of eye doctors provides patients with better vision using advanced techniques and the latest technologies for LASIK eye surgery, including EPI-LASIK and procedures for eye diseases and conditions.

The LASIK surgeons at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute can get rid of your dependence on glasses or contact lenses with laser vision correction — a safe procedure with a quick recovery that leaves you with 20/20 or better eyesight.

LASIK in St. Petersburg and Clearwater

LASIK eye surgery revolutionized the way people with refractive errors can view the world. You don’t have to be burdened by glasses or contact lenses anymore. Laser vision correction with LASIK addresses farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism caused by an imperfect curvature of the cornea. The procedure typically takes less than 10 minutes per eye, and many patients have 20/20 eyesight or better after LASIK.

The LASIK procedure uses a highly specialized laser to correct the shape of your cornea. One of our skilled Ophthalmologists creates a flap of tissue in the surface layer of your eye’s cornea, called the epithelium. This flap is folded back, the laser is used to correct the cornea’s curvature and then the flap is put back in place. Most patients achieve optimal vision. St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute offers LASIK and EPI-LASIK, which creates a thinner flap than traditional LASIK using a different tool and technique to separate the epithelial tissues.

Recovery from LASIK is typically fast. You will likely notice improved vision immediately after your LASIK eye surgery, but your eyes need time to adjust and heal, especially the first 24 hours when eyesight is blurry or foggy. Final LASIK results will materialize in the coming months, but patients can often drive within a week after the procedure.

LASIK can free you from the everyday demands of wearing glasses and contact lenses. You can work out, swim and greet your day without a second thought. Our Ophthalmologists in St. Petersburg and Clearwater can discuss your LASIK options during your eye exam. Learn more by calling (866) 775-8734.

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

“Very professional staff. Very courteous. Accommodated requests from me while in the waiting room before surgery to make me comfortable before the surgery. Answered all questions when asked. All around very professional and courteous staff. Wish I would have done surgery 3 years ago. I stargaze at night, and the vision is just awesome.”

— Brian

“I found Dr. Michaelos to be very thorough in his examination of my eyes and more than willing to answer any questions. He [was] pleasant, efficient, and seemed highly knowledgeable.”

— B. Les

“Dr. Michaelos did the most thorough eye exam I have ever had. Was extremely knowledgeable. Sending me to the Retina specialist that same day, which was what I needed to clear up one of my issues. I was totally impressed with all of the staff that took care of me, starting with the person that checked me in, to the person that checked me out and helped me get an appt with the specialist.”

— Larry Winters

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

  • Oren Plous, M.D. focuses on retina treatments, including eye diseases that damage the retina and surrounding tissues, such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He completed his vitreoretinal fellowship at the University of Kentucky and earned his doctorate at the University of Michigan.
  • James Rowsey, M.D. specializes in refractive surgery such as LASIK and corneal diseases, including cataracts, infectious diseases and corneal transplantation. He is a board-certified Ophthalmologist with an esteemed reputation in his field and has trained many refractive surgeons in Florida. He earned his doctorate from George Washington University.
  • Louis Michaelos, M.D. founded St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute and offers the entire spectrum of eye care services to treat refractive errors and address eye diseases to give his patients the best possible vision. He earned his doctorate from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital: Emory University School of Medicine.
  • John Michaelos, M.D. specializes in refractive surgery and procedures for cataracts and other eye diseases. He is the second generation of Michaelos at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute and continues his education to ensure the institute offers the most advanced procedures and techniques available. He earned his doctorate at the University of Miami and completed his residency in corneal and external disease at the University of South Florida.
  • Louis Michaelos, D.O. specializes in refractive surgery, including LASIK, and procedures for common eye diseases, such as cataracts. He earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Michaelos completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at the University of North Carolina, and he was chief resident during his residency at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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