Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
Fellow-Trained Retina Specialist

Areas of Specialty

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Flashes & Floaters
  • Laser Surgery of the Retina

A Foundation of Educational Excellence

Dr. Philip Ames has deep roots in Sarasota, Florida, where he attended Pine View High School and co-founded the renowned crew team, Sarasota Crew, later becoming its captain and contributing to its ascent as the top team in the United States. His passion for leadership and excellence continued into his academic pursuits.

He graduated from the University of Miami with a double degree in Chemistry and Biology, accompanied by a minor in Psychology. At the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Ames delved into
groundbreaking research on targeted delivery of genetic vaccinations while completing his medical training.

Driven by a commitment to advancing his field, Dr. Ames pursued further specialization in ophthalmology at the University of Florida, culminating in comprehensive ophthalmology residency training. His journey to excellence reached new heights with a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery under the mentorship of world-renowned surgeon Dr. Steve Charles, who is responsible for the invention of numerous surgical procedures and equipment that we use in retina surgery today.

In 2021, Dr. Ames brought his exceptional skills and dedication to Coastal Eye Institute, where he continues to uphold a legacy of excellence in ophthalmology, enriching the lives of his patients with compassionate care and innovative surgical techniques.

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