3 generations of ophthalmologists give new meaning to family medicine

LARGO, Fla. — There are three generations of ophthalmologists working together at Largo who don’t need glasses to see how far their family and their practice have come.

When you ask to see Dr. Michaelos, you may be referring to one of three ophthalmologists at St. Michaels Eye and Laser Institute in Largo.

Dr. Louis Michaelos started the practice in 1961. At 90, he still sees patients once a week. In the next room, her son, Dr. John Michaelos, now runs the practice, and new this year, just down the hall, her grandson, Dr. Louis Michaelos, has also joined the team.

“I’m very proud, very proud,” Dr Michaelos said.

“I am thrilled to carry the family torch,” said grandson Dr. Louis Michaelos.

He never imagined he would be working alongside his grandfather in the same office he grew up playing in as a child.

“Having him, with such a passion for caring for patients, also left a mark and a fingerprint on my style of patient care,” Louis said.

“I really enjoy being with the community,” said Louis Sr.

While Dr. John Michaelos says he has to get used to the fact that he is no longer the promising Dr. Michaelos in the office. This title now belongs to his son.

“Not so long ago, a patient, when I walked into the room, that patient said, ‘Wait a minute, I’m here to see the son,’ and I felt like the older guy “, said John.

Some patients have been coming to the practice for over 50 years. Louis Sr. is thrilled to think that their grandchildren will now have his grandson’s eye exams.

“It’s in our blood, it’s what we do,” said Louis Jr.