Dr. Louis Michaelos becomes the third generation Ophthalmologist to join St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute alongside his father Dr. John Michaelos and his grandfather, Dr. Louis Michaelos, Sr. He was inspired to become an ophthalmologist after seeing patients’ emotional response to having their vision restored. It’s an inspiration that drives him in seeking innovative techniques and technologies to help protect and preserve the gift of sight. We are excited to continue the legacy with his incredible talents.
A graduate of Berkley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida, Louis received his undergraduate degree in biology at Stetson University in Deland. He earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and completed his internship training in South Miami. He completed his residency at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he served as chief resident. After graduating, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive surgery. Dr. Louis Michaelos is Board Certified through the National Board of Examiners in Ophthalmology.
Throughout his training, he was exposed to all fields of medicine but was increasingly drawn to ophthalmology. He says it’s the only medical field that allows physicians the chance to interact with patients while performing delicate state-of-the-art surgery, and offering comprehensive lifetime medical care.
In addition to treating and managing ocular diseases, Dr. Louis Michaelos specializes in corneal transplantation, refractive surgeries such as LASIK and PRK, refractive lens exchange, anterior segment reconstruction, and advanced cataract surgery. He has been in private practice since 2018. His professional memberships include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Pinellas County Ophthalmology Society.
Being part of a profession that is constantly changing for the better through innovation and technology keeps Dr. Louis Michaelos passionate about his work. Just as important to him is the work environment at St. Michael’s, which fosters a constant search for ways to improve patient experience and outcomes.
When not caring for patients, Dr. Louis Michaelos enjoys spending time with his wife and children, traveling, playing tennis and golf (when it’s not 90 degrees outside), and relaxing at home.