St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute was founded in 1968 by James P. Gills, MD. Dr. Gills made many, many innovations to cataract surgery over the years and in 1974 he opened St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs. At the time it was the nation’s only free-standing ambulatory surgical center for cataract surgery. James Gills is a pioneer. He helped take cataract surgery from stitches, patches, sandbags and overnight hospital stays to where it is today … a no-stitch, no-patch, outpatient procedure.
After decades of success in the Gulf Coast region of Florida, The Villages approached St. Luke’s regarding opening an eye care clinic and surgical center within the community to serve its discerning residents.
In 2012, St. Luke’s at The Villages opened under the direction of cataract surgeon Kimberly Ireland, MD. Dr. Ireland was personally selected to lead the practice by James Gills, MD and his son Pit Gills, MD (now the president of St. Luke’s).
Dr. Ireland was an ideal match for the role because she had prior experience in private practice as well as leading a large-multi-specialty group in Wisconsin. She distinguished herself as a progressive cataract surgeon, much like James Gills, MD. She also shares the Gills philosophy of exceptional patient care and highly predictable outcomes.
Dr. Ireland is currently the most sought-after cataract surgeon in The Villages. She performs manual and laser cataract surgery and she’s known for her very effective outcomes with few, if any, limitations following surgery. Dr. Ireland has over 20 years of surgical experience.
We look forward to serving you here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown, just as we’ve served generations of Floridian families.