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Kerry's Testimonial

Physician: Dr. Robert Weinstock

Testimonial: Dr. Weinstock has worked with me to restore my Crystalens vision to 20/20. I think he is wonderful, the best!


Caryl's Testimonial

Physicians: Dr. Neel Desai

Testimonial: Your extra care, patience and understanding is greatly appreciated! Taking an integrative approach with medicine is a gift. Healing encompasses more than scientific support; it begins with the mind and spirit. I do believe your persona supports that aspect. Overall you display consideration for the individual's concerns. Your ability to listen and respond effectively calms the spirit. I have learned over the years it takes more than being an expert to be exceptional. It is all about relationships. I thank you and your staff for such wonderful care!


Cynthia's Testimonial

Physicians: Dr. Robert Weinstock

Testimonial: Thanks for your precious gift you have given me. The gift of sight. You are a very special DR giving your patients love and kindness and topping it off with beautiful clear vision.

Doc, you have a very warm and comforting spirit and it makes us patients feel extremely comforting, knowing that we are in safe hands and all will be well. Also the best bedside manner and people skills.

Thanks again for my precious gift of sight. May God continue to bless & keep you as you care for others.


Ali's Testimonial

Physician: Dr. Robert Weinstock

Testimonial: I can't thank you enough for the gift you have given my mother. I haven't seen her look so good & so excited in a long time. She is driving again, sewing without difficulty & noticing more dirt than ever! The contacts irritated her eyes & they were always bloodshot & watery. Now, crystal clear!

I know the Crystalens is an excellent lens, but it is a miracle in your hands.


Staff [courtesy van drivers]: Steve and Bill

Testimonial: I would like to thank Steve and Bill for their prompt and courteous service to me during my recent eye surgery. Thank you for this program.


RK's Testimonial

Optometrist: Priti Panchal, O.D.

Physician Assistant: Tina Crevello, P.A.-C.

Testimonial: "Tina" and "Dr. Panchal" treated me like I was the only person in the world. They treated me kindly, professionally, and did everything they could to relieve my stress.

They went out of their way to help me and keep me informed about what is going on.

You should be proud of them for their interest in customers and the way they treat people who come to your place. Their attitude is exemplary. Thank you for hiring such people.

I will certainly tell other people about them and your Institute.


Surgeon: Robert Weinstock, M.D.

Procedure: Cataract surgery

Testimonial: I would like to say a special thank-you to everyone at the Eye Institute. My experience was so positive. Everyone was so kind and caring. Especially I would like to thank Jackie, surgical coordinator. She is the best, personable, professional, and a very caring individual. A special thank-you to Dr. Weinstock for giving me "new eyes" and actually a "new life." Thank you for your skill, a true blessing, and your expertise. As a health care professional we take care of patients. Thanks for taking care of me.


Sandy Scott - Florida Champion Cyclist

Dr. Rob changed my life last month. As a very active sports participant he gave me 20/20 vision at the age of 70 with a cataract/astigmatism surgery and implantation of Crystalens in both eyes. I can't remember seeing this well as a 26 year old new hire airline pilot, and I had 20/10 vision! I took a three hour bicycle ride a couple of days after surgery and everything was so crystal clear that I could not stop smiling for the whole ride. By the way, I haven't stopped smiling yet. Thank you Dr. Rob!! Sandy Scott


Alice's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Jasmine Mohadjer

Procedure: Blepharospasm

Patient's Testimonial: I just had to thank you again for your kindness and understanding.

You are always very nice to me when I see you for my shots. I can't thank you enough.

Having these blepharospasms have really depressed me and have affected my life in a big way, but to have you treat me gives me hope. I wish they would just go away and I wouldn't have to come and see you for Botox, but I would still come see you and take you to lunch. Thank you.


Christopher's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Stephen Weinstock

Procedure: Cataracts

Patient's Testimonial: I am privileged to have been at the Eye Institute of West Florida to have the cataracts removed by surgery by no other person than your self, of which I am deeply grateful. You have a fine staff and they deserve much praise for their generosity of spirit, making my trip there very easy and amenable. They set a good example for people that come to them and they leave a good professional impression in the way they handle each case. I was delighted to be a part of their company for a few days and enjoy their good humor and joviality. They made me feel so much at home.
With personal kind regard, I am sincerely yours.


Diane's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Robert Weinstock

Patient's Testimonial: On February 17, 2010 you not only gave me better vision but also an altogether
better outlook on life in general.

You’re generosity was overwhelming and came at a time in my life when I least expected anything positive to happen to me. I have been so happy with my vision that it has apparently affected other parts of my anatomy. I have been told that I have smiled more than ever since the day of my surgery.

I can only say Thank You once again and wanted you to know the full effect of your actions.


Jim's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Leonard Kirsch

Patient's Testimonial: I didn’t get the chance to properly thank you and your staff for saving my eye sight.

Your skill and experience were a major part, but not to be overlooked, was the courage it took to undertake the procedure. Many surgeons would have balked.

My wife, joins me in thanking you for adding the extra joy of sight to our remaining years together.


Bruce's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Neel Desai

Patient's Testimonial: from “God’s hands to your fingers”, thank you for your skills in helping me see better. Making a difference in a person’s life can be your legacy.


Jennifer's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Kevin Greenidge

Patient's Testimonial: I feel fortunate to be Dr. Greenidge's patient.


Teri's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Richard Hairston

Patient's Testimonial: Overall my experience at the Eye Institute has been excellent! All staff have been most courteous, professional, knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. In particular, Lauren did an excellent job of setting up and coordinating everything for my eye surgery. Also, the technician who took pictures of my eye and assisted with post-op was terrific!


Gail's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz

Patient's Testimonial: I have medical conditions that make working with me a challenge. Dr. Schwartz takes into account my whole body not just my eyes.

I have allergies and with some surgeries I have had bad reactions. Brian caught the allergies and did what could to make me as comfortable without anything for surgery. Kim sat next to me and held my hand. Dr. Schwartz was great and gave me a break during the surgery, plus gave me more drops to numb my eye. Dr. Schwartz, Brian and Kim were great. Please let them know what a great job they did under trying time.


Vicki's Testimonial

Optometrist: Dr. Mary Lou Smith

Patient's Testimonial: Dr. Smith is the BEST! Our family loves her!!


Janet's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Stephen Weinstock

Patient's Testimonial: I am extremely pleased with everything about this clinic - would not even consider going elsewhere and have recommended to many people!


Bob's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Robert Weinstock

Procedure: Cataracts

Patient's Testimonial: Dr. Robert Weinstock removed cataracts from both of my eyes. I had the Crystalens implanted. The whole experience could not have been made more comfortable. From the time I walked into the Eye Institute on my first visit until now the staff has been excellent, very professional but down to earth. They assisted me in getting no interest credit. They walked me through the whole procedure. One of the nurses even held my hand during the procedure. I felt no pain and I no longer need glasses for anything. I highly recommend Dr. Weinstock (Eye Institute) to anyone needing eye surgery.


Cynthia's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Robert Weinstock

Patient's Testimonial: Thank you for giving me 20-20 vision. You are a blessing to so many people. God Bless You!


Wayne's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Leonard Kirsch

Patient's Testimonial: If it weren’t for the Eye Institute I would be blind today. I am grateful for Dr. Kirsch’s care and follow-up care.


Carol's Testimonial

Optometrist: Dr. Douglas Johnson

Patient's Testimonial: My husband and I appreciate Dr. Johnson keeping us informed throughout the exam.


Thomas's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Neel Desai

Patient's Testimonial: I was referred to Neel R. Desai, M.D. at The Eye Institute of West Florida by the eye surgeon at the United States Government’s Veterans Administration Medical Center at Bay Pines, Florida. My right eye had been examined by two eye surgeons, one in private practice in Sarasota, Florida and the surgeon at the Veterans Administration. I was told by both that I had a cataract but that it could not be removed due to a scar across my cornea from an injury received while on active duty with the United States Army. My vision was 20/400. I was told that a cornea transplant was probably necessary.

After Dr. Desai’s initial examination he told me that he could help me and that he did not believe a transplant would be necessary. He wanted to remove as much of the scar as possible and then remove the cataract. I agreed to the procedure and it was successful. My vision improved to 20/70. Dr. Desai then removed the cataract about 8 weeks later and my eyesight improved to 20/30. I was then examined by the eye doctor at the Veterans Administration who was absolutely astounded by the improvement to my vision and stated that she never would have believed it possible. My sight was actually better now then it would have been had I received a transplant. I give my sincere thanks and unending gratitude to Dr. Desai and the entire staff of The Eye Institute of West Florida whose extraordinary efforts and professionalism restored my vision.


Benoit's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Stephen Weinstock

Patient's Testimonial: Eventually one day I knew I would come to trust my eyes to you, also.

A few weeks ago I brought Carol, my partner, in for a visit. When we walked up we were immediately greeted by a delightful lady, Dena, who welcomed us to the practice. While there Beki at the front desk asked if I ever had a cataract exam and as quickly as I said no she had an appointment for me to see you that day.

After the examination you said I had a little cataract and that I could elect to have it removed now or later. You went on to explain my lens implant options and impressed me with the benefits of the Crystalens. Fine, after much discussion with my son, I decided to go ahead with the cataract surgery now and with the Crystalens implants so I phoned your office to schedule the surgery.

Prior to me actually meeting you for the first time, you had earned my trust and respect. You see, years ago my best friend had his cataracts removed by you. That was in 1977. Although my friend is no longer around, I recall him saying he had a good experience with Dr. Steve.

Sure enough the surgery went very well. The people in the surgery center took very good care to be sure I was comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Although I elected no anesthesia, I felt nothing. I remember seeing colors and that’s all.

Dr. Steve I feel you are a very, very responsible man who is honest, knows what he is doing and is very good at what he does. I always knew one day I would meet you and I am glad I did. I could not be more pleased with my decisions about you and the Crystalens. I love my new vision.

Furthermore, I discovered that the apple does not fall far from the tree. One day Carol had a LASIK procedure to be performed by your son, Dr. Robert Weinstock. After the procedure he carefully examined her eyes. I noticed him taking his time and something told me that something had caught his attention. He looked at Carol and said he fixed the problem and wanted her to come back in a week. Finding a doctor who takes his time like that is a good doctor to have. So I shook Dr. Robert’s hand and told him that he did a damn good job.

Thank you Dr. Steve, I knew I could trust you with my eyes. Your son is a prodigy of your legacy and has a wonderful future at The Eye Institute. Your staff was extremely professional and personable. Thank you for the entire experience.


George's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Kevin Greenidge

Patient's Testimonial: My mother told me you were educated by the Dominican Sisters. From the way you conduct yourself you certainly were “paying attention” to the principal message of Christian life, ‘loving one another’.

On behalf of my family I would like to thank you for the compassionate and excellent medical care you provided to my mom. The results of your surgery were more than expected. More important was your lack of arrogance, and your genuine concern for your patient and their family.

May God continue to bless your work so that others who come in contact with you will recognize his face in your work and actions. Thank you so much for everything.


Stacy's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Jasmine Mohadjer

Patient's Testimonial: I had the best experience meeting Dr. Mohadjer. I found her eager, warm and charming.


Ray's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Leonard Kirsch

Patient's Testimonial: Dr. Kirsch has performed 3 surgeries on one of my eyes. He has kept me well informed and he is very empathetic. (Love those neck ties!)


Neil's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Richard Hairston

Patient's Testimonial: Not only was I pleased and impressed with everyone involved in my cataract surgery but also with the overall function of all aspects of the clinic. Dr. Hairston did retina repair for me …his gentle touch soon put me at ease. As for the people with whom I had contact for my cataract surgery - prompt, friendly, and typical of all those employed by you.


George's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Stephen Weinstock

Patient's Testimonial: We have been with the group for years, when Stephen was in the small front building and Robert was a baby. We wouldn’t think of changing. If we ever had a problem with anyone you would be the first to hear. We recommend the “institute” all the time.


Jeff's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz

Patient's Testimonial: I have always been very satisfied with the service at the Eye Institute. I have praised the care and my satisfaction with Dr. Schwartz to any one who has a glaucoma problem!


Wayne's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Robert Weinstock

Patient's Testimonial: Dr. Weinstock (Rob) has been exceptional. He lets you know how sever your problem may be
without giving you concerns you just know he’ll be able to take care of whatever you need done. He’s friendly and caring and
explains everything thoroughly. I’ve recommended your facility to many of our friends.


Will's Testimonial

Optometrist: Dr. Douglas Johnson

Patient's Testimonial: Dr. Johnson and his staff are very thorough. Dr. Johnson takes time to explain everything to me.
I feel the Eye Institute is very thorough in examining your eye problems compared to other previous eye examinations I have had.Your people are very prompt, friendly and courteous. They make you feel comfortable.


Jim's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Robert Weinstock

Patient's Testimonial: I just wanted to say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart for giving me back my sight. I can’t even describe what a luxury it is to be able to see clearly, which I haven’t done since 1991. Everyone involved in my care was absolutely wonderful from the moment I first walked into your office. Thank you again and I will definitely recommend you to anyone looking to have laser surgery.


Heather's Testimonial

Optometrist: Dr. Mary Lou Smith

Patient's Testimonial: You have an excellent facility. Your staff from the time you enter the front door and check you in (Lauren), then the sweet hostess who took care of my every need (Milli), to the tech who prepared me and helped me (I am disabled with Parkinson’s) for the Dr. doing very professional test and recording information (Julian), to Dr. Smith who treated me as an individual and not just another number and run of the mill get them in get them out, to the wonderful check out front desk greet person (Dena) friendly and kind, great smile! I would recommend not only friends and family but also civic organizations to use your “The Eye Institute of West Florida”.


Jenny's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Jasmine Mohadjer

Patient's Testimonial: I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. What you have given me was a gift that no one could give me before...self confidence. I got a second chance at looking a little younger! I owe that look to you, and for that I thank you!


George's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Kevin Greenidge

Patient's Testimonial: We were talking about people that smiled a lot. At 96 I can tell you a thing or two. I always thought he (Dr. Greenidge) was something because we laugh together.


Kim's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Richard Hairston

Patient's Testimonial: Your organization is by far the best in Fla.Don’t change a thing.Dr. Hairston is the tops.


Alyssa's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Robert Weinstock

Patient's Testimonial: The next day, as they put the eye chart on the wall and asked could I see anything, I broke down and cried as for the first time in longer then I could remember I could see the “E” and five lines below it. I would like to state if anyone has any apprehensions about the cataract procedures, please feel assured that the Staff of the Eye Institute will make it a good experience for you. Thank you all very much for all your understanding and care. And, I can never thank you enough for giving me back my sight!!


Sheelagh's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Jasmine Mohadjer

Patient's Testimonial: I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to you and your medical staff for successful surgery performed last Friday. My eyelid is healing well, there's absolutely no pain and I am looking forward to complete recovery soon! Everyone was so kind and considerate. Thank you!


Paul's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Jasmine Mohadjer

Patient's Testimonial: I would like to make it very clear to you that at this time; I am entirely pleased with the results, from both a cosmetic and practical point of view. From the practical side, I no longer have the blockage of vision that I had become used to. From a cosmetic side I think that my eyes have lost about 10 years of age. the comments from friends have been 100% positive and some of those folks can be brutally honest. My closest friend is a physician who works in St. Petersburg and when he studied my eyes this past Sunday, he stated that you did a great job. I am delighted with the whole experience and process at the Eye Institute. I expected a lot more bruising, a lot more swelling and a lot more discomfort. As a matter of fact, 6 Extra Strength Tylenol were all I needed to deal with the minimal discomfort that I did experience.

The staff that works with you have also been outstanding. Beverly Schroeder was extremely helpful in allaying my fears about the surgery, although I probably left her with the impression that that was not the case. During today's visit, Trisha was great. My wife has commented that on every occasion that she has been at the Eye Institute with me the staff has been great and caring of my comfort and of hers.

Please forgive me in taking up your time in having to read this. I just needed to make sure that you knew how much I appreciated your effort and the efforts of the rest of the staff the Eye Institute.


Christine's Testimonial

Surgeon: Dr. Stephen Weinstock

Patient's Testimonial: Thank you for giving me back my vision and my life. This week you did a "back door" procedure on me that has restored my vision to pre-cataract surgery days. I can now drive, work on my computer and even read a newspaper. 10 years ago I knew you were the best and in my book you are. You are the reason I drive from Naples. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!


Dr. Desai,

I want to express my immense gratitude for successfully performing surgery on my father this week. He's been putting off cataract surgery for years out of fear because of what happened to his left eye, but now you've made him realize how silly it was for him to prolong his misery any more. You are truly a miracle worker.

Tamara M. - Tom H.


I like the organization at The Eye Institute of West Florida, it is very efficient and the people are all very nice. I'm confident in Dr. Rob and he is confident in himself, which I like very much.

Rudy H.


""From God's hand to your fingers" thank you for your skills in helping me see better. Making a difference in a person's life can be your legacy. With gratitude..."

Bruce presented with macular edema and severe cataracts. Between multiple surgeries by Dr. Leonard Kirsch and Dr. Neel Desai, Bruce is very pleased with his vision.


MY NEW WORLD

"Fuch's Dystrophy occurs when pump cells in the rear layer of the cornea no longer can remove excess fluid from the eye...Given that, Dr. Desai informed me that I was an excellent candidate for the DSAEK procedure as well as cataract surgery. I totally agreed with him and decided to have the surgery immediately."

"The next day, as they put the eye chart on the wall and asked could I see anything, I broke down and cried as for the first time in longer then I could remember I could see the ”E” and five lines below it. I would like to state if anyone has any apprehensions about the cataract procedures, please feel assured that the Staff of the Eye Institute will make it a good experience for you.

Thank you all very much for all your understanding and care. And, I can never thank you enough for giving me back my sight!!” - A. W.

“I wanted to just tell you guys it’s wonderful
…(and) to thank you all for that. That’s just amazing that (cataract surgery) can be done and bring your vision back that way.” - B. D.

“Wow! An old fashion courtesy of a Thank You note for my business. That was the icing on the cake. Excellent treatment and excellent results.

Again, thank you, everyone of you that has made a devoted patient and a thank you in advance for the same treatment you will give to all the referrals I gladly and confidently send your way.” - G. B.

“I have been very pleased with each doctor I have seen. And very pleased my eye sight has improved with Dr. Greenidge.” - A. W.

“Everyone is very courteous. Lots of patience is required in order to deal with so many elderly. They really do a great job.” - Y. M.

“Everyone’s friendly, helpful and efficient. Couldn’t think of a thing to improve!” - H. H.

“Your ‘red jacket’ hostesses are excellent, professional and friendly.
Trina in surgery could not have been kinder.
Dr. Hairston has been professional and thorough.
Dr. Drexler was on-call Thursday evening when I experienced a concern. He responded immediately, putting me at ease and called on July 4th to inquire of my condition. Treatment such as this is hard to find.” - B. D.

“I have received treatment from Dr. Schwartz for glaucoma for many years. Dr. Schwartz detected a problem and immediately had me see Dr. Kirsch. Because I was in very early stages of macular degeneration, (I was) immediately given injections which have been successful.

I have told many people about The Eye Institute and the importance of early detection for any eye disease.” - M. S.

“I wanted to express my thanks to each and everyone who showed such care and concern before, during and after my cataract surgery. I am extremely satisfied with the results and impressed with the wonderful way you treat all your patients! As far as I am concerned, you are a top notch team of professional individuals and I have passed the word on to many of my friends!” - K. R.

“Not only was I pleased and impressed with everyone involved in my cataract surgery but also with the overall function of all aspects of the Clinic. Dr. Hairston did retina repair for me …his gentle touch soon put me at ease.

As for the people with whom I had contact for my cataract surgery - prompt, friendly, and typical of all those employed by you.” - N. P.

“I will never go any where else for my eyes.” - L. T.

“Dr. Schwartz and his staff are VERY caring, knowledgeable – always smiling and fantastic bed-side manners!

Because we (myself, my husband, Dr. Schwartz and his staff) were not sure if any of my sight would be restored- THIS IS A MIRACLE! Dr. Schwartz and his staff are my angels… and now I should work with people that don’t have sight and guide them to him.” - S. C.

“Your organization is by far the best in Fla.
Don’t change a thing.
Dr. Hairston is the tops.” - K. M.

“What a wonderfully well run office – having volunteers makes the experience better. Staff was all wonderful and pleasant.” - L. G.

“I just wanted to say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart for giving me back my sight. I can’t even describe what a luxury it is to be able to see clearly, which I haven’t done since 1991. Everyone involved in my care was absolutely wonderful from the moment I first walked into your office. Thank you again and I will definitely recommend you to anyone looking to have laser surgery.” - J. C.

“You people run a top notch A-1 operation. I recommend you to everyone. My grandmother has been coming here for years with multiple problems we have (zero) complaints or criticisms.” - K. M.

“I would recommend The Eye Institute to anyone. I have had nothing but very courteous service there. Everyone has been most accommodating and caring.” - M. C.
"I really appreciate what Dr. Desai and the staff of The Eye Institute of West Florida did for me. Whenever I had a question, they would sit down and explain everything in detail. I had a really comfortable feeling with them. They are just magnificent people, very professional and very courteous."