Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
Fellowship-Trained Retina Specialist

Areas of Specialty

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Vascular Retina Disease
  • Laser Surgery of the Retina
  • Retinal Detachment Repair
  • Uveitis
  • Flashes & Floaters
  • Macular Surgery

A Foundation of Educational Excellence

Dr. Philip Ames grew up in Sarasota, Florida where he attended Pine View high school and was the co-founder and later captain of Sarasota Crew, now one of the top teams in the United States.

He went on to graduate from the University of Miami with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. Dr. Ames attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he did research in targeted delivery of genetic vaccinations and completed his medical training. Afterwards, he attended University of Florida Ophthalmology Program for residency.

Dr. Ames completed a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship with world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Steve Charles, who invented much of the equipment and procedures we use in retina surgery today. During this time, Dr. Ames also worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Ames has participated in numerous clinical trials and studies developing treatments for retina diseases. Currently, he is involved in training retina surgeons in both subretinal and suprachorodial injections for long-term treatment modalities for macular degeneration.

Dr. Ames volunteers as a board member for the nonprofit organization Lighthouse, a vision loss education center based in Florida.

Dr. Ames brings with him his beautiful wife, Veronika, and their baby daughter, Vivian. They hope to continue growing their family in his hometown of Sarasota.

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