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Stephen M. Weinstock, M.D., FACS founded The Eye Institute of West Florida in Largo, Florida in 1974. Dr. Weinstock originally envisioned being a pediatric ophthalmologist but quickly realized the need for adult eye care in the Tampa Bay area. He began seeing patients for their general ophthalmic care. After treating patients for a variety of diseases of the eyes he had another vision: to create an ophthalmic practice consisting of specialty trained physicians focusing on diagnosing and treating a specific type of eye disease, making them an expert in that field of ophthalmology.

Dr. Weinstock trained to become a cataract specialit, soon adding Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., to the practice. Dr. Schwartz became the first full-time glaucoma specialist in Pinellas County. Over the more than forty years as a sub-specialty ophthalmic practice, The Eye Institute of West Florida has added more board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologists and optometrists. The Eye Institute of West Florida currently has three cataract and refractive specialists, one corneal and ocular surface disease specialist, three glaucoma specialists, two retina/vitreous specialists, one oculoplastic specialist, three general ophthalmologist, eight optometric physicians, one bariatric physician and two physician assistants. To learn more about each of our doctors, click here

The Eye Institute has four locations throughout the Tampa Bay area: Largo, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and South Tampa. The Largo office is also home to the Largo Ambulatory Surgery Center, our accredited surgery center, which is designed specifically for the treatment of eye diseases and disorders. We offer our patients the most advanced technology available for eye care paired with surgeons who have received the highest level of training available for their sub-speciality. 

For more than forty years our practice has been providing excellence in eye care in a warm, personal environment, combined with a tradition of service and devotion to our patients. Our team of fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmologists includes experts in the major category of ophthalmology: of Cataracts, LASIK, Retina-Vitreous, Glaucoma, and Oculoplastic Surgery and Dry Eye, all under one roof.

We offer educational seminars throughout the year with our specialists. Our LIVE Cataract Seminars allow attendees to watch one of our cataract surgeons perform live cataract surgery as it streams onto our 3-D TV while one of our other cataract surgeons narrates the surgery taking place just upstairs!

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, please call (727) 581-8706 or fill out our request an appointment form here