Welcome to St. Luke’s at The Villages
Welcome to St. Luke’s at The Villages
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St. Luke’s was founded in 1968 by Dr. James P. Gills. In 1974, 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. Dr. Gills was a pioneer in cataract surgery. He helped take the procedure from the days of stitches in the eye, hospital stays, and sandbags around the head to where it is today … an outpatient procedure, self-sealing incisions, and no patches.

The Villages approached St. Luke’s about opening a practice within the community to serve its discerning residents. St. Luke’s opened its eye care and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) in The Villages in 2012. St. Luke’s recruits the best doctors in the country and Dr. Kimberly Ireland was personally selected by James Gills, MD to lead the practice. Her experience in cataract surgery and practice leadership combined with her exceptional patient satisfaction ratings made her an obvious choice. Dr. Ireland specializes in laser and manual cataract surgery.

In 2016, St. Luke’s at The Villages welcomed John Gooch, MD. Dr. Gooch retired at the rank of Colonel after 28 years in the US Air Force where he held several esteemed roles including Chief of Aerospace Ophthalmology and Chief Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for Aerospace Ophthalmology. Dr. Gooch specializes in comprehensive medical eye care at St. Luke’s at The Villages.

In 2019, St. Luke’s at The Villages added Michael Mequio, MD to the team. Dr. Mequio is also an Air Force veteran. He served at MacDill Air Force base in Tampa, Florida as the Chief of Ophthalmology. In addition, he had a private practice in Stockton, California. Dr. Mequio specializes in cataract surgery.

St. Luke’s at The Villages provides care for patients seeking wellness exams, glasses prescriptions and treatment for cataracts, diabetic eye diseases, retina conditions, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and dry eye. St. Luke’s at The Villages is proud to be located in The Villages at 1050 Old Camp Road in Lake Sumter Landing. Click here for directions. Click here to request an appointment. Click here to visit the St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute website.

About Kimberly Ireland, MD

Kimberly Ireland, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in advanced cataract surgery. She has over 20 years of surgical experience and is the most sought-after cataract surgeon in The Villages.

Dr. Ireland received her B.S. in Biology with High Honors from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She received her medical degree from Albany Medical College; graduating as an Honor Alumna. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Following her training, Dr. Ireland spent ten years in private practice before being recruited to lead as Department Chair for a large multi-specialty group in Wisconsin. She distinguished herself as a progressive cataract surgeon who brought state of the art cataract techniques to her practice. She was recruited to lead St. Luke's at The Villages in 2012 and has served as Medical Director and Cataract Surgeon since then.

She considers supporting The Villages community with exceptional patient care to be her honor.