Welcome to St. Luke’s at The Villages
Welcome to St. Luke’s at The Villages
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Cataract and Retina Care for Residents at The Villages

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.

In 2021, St. Luke’s at The Villages added Remington Horesh, DO to the team. Dr. Horesh is a fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of retinal disorders. This sub-specialization allows him to compliment his fellow surgeons at St. Luke’s in providing The Village’s community with complete ocular health care.

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.