Why Choose Us?
Gulfcoast Eye Care is regarded as one of the premier Florida eye centers for over 30 years. Started by Dr. Lyda Tymiak in 1980 and now under the leadership of Dr. Michael Manning, our experienced eye doctors have helped thousands of people enjoy better vision and have introduced breakthrough technologies to the Tampa Bay area.
At Gulfcoast Eye Care our focus is on creating an unparalleled patient experience. This starts with our individualized attention to your personal needs that is not found in large practices that possess what some call a “factory mentality.” In this way, ours is more of a “boutique” eye care practice. Our priority is not simply to care only for your eyes but to care for you. Because each person’s individual needs are unique, we tailor our treatments to you. We have created this website to provide extensive information about our doctors, our diagnostic technologies, our state-of-the-art treatments, and what you can expect when you visit us. We provide you with all of this information because we understand that the more you know about us, the more confident you will feel about choosing us for all of your vision correction and eye care needs.
We are proud of the tremendous team of professionals that we have assembled from our doctors to our highly trained ophthalmic technicians to our directors of first impressions and beyond. As important to our organization as our relentless commitment to improving our patients’ experience is our continuing development and nurturing of our organization’s culture. We enjoy working with people who love what they do as much as we do. We work with a higher purpose of caring for the people that we treat. We take satisfaction in knowing that our co-workers are like our own family.
Education and Experience
Dr. Manning is a board-certified ophthalmologist and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He has further received the highest designation (Fellow) in the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons. He is a regular instructor at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Manning has been involved in the training of other eye doctors in various surgical techniques including LASIK and cataract surgery. He has co-authored publications in ophthalmology journals and a book chapter in a major textbook, Albert and Jakobiec’s Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology. Through his extensive knowledge and surgical expertise, he has helped thousands of people improve their vision.
Gulfcoast Eye Care has a rich history in investing heavily in the most cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment technologies available in ophthalmology. With Dr. Lyda Tymiak, we were proud to be one of the first practices in the Tampa Bay area performing cataract surgery with multifocal lens implant technology in the 1990’s. We continue to offer all of the latest in Lifestyle Lens implants to reduce patients’ dependence on glasses. Our reputation for introducing new technologies continues with the recent introduction of laser cataract surgery. At the time of the laser’s introduction to Florida in October 2011, Dr. Michael Manning was among the first doctors in Florida to be able to offer his patients this exciting new technology whereby a computer-guided femtosecond laser is used to perform steps in cataract surgery that could previously only be performed with a blade. In March 2012, Gulfcoast Eye Care became the first ophthalmology practice in Florida to offer the revolutionary treatment for dry eye called LipiFlow that dramatically improves dry eye with a quick, painless in-office procedure. From the initial testing and evaluation of your eyes, to the lasers and equipment that we use to correct your sight, everything Gulfcoast Eye Care offers is world class.
Honesty and Integrity
Much of the success of vision correction surgery depends not just on the technology used and the skill of the surgeon but also on the proper patient selection for each respective procedure. At Gulfcoast Eye Care we know this to be true and we are careful to select appropriate procedures for each patient. While we have many patients who come to us for LASIK or lens replacement surgery, we are frank and upfront any time that we find a person’s eyes are not well suited to a particular procedure. Whenever appropriate we will advise you of another method of vision improvement that we can provide. We will not recommend LASIK or another surgery unless we are confident that we can achieve the outcome that you desire and that the respective procedure can achieve.
For many patients, affordability is a factor when considering LASIK, Lifestyle lens implants, or other elective vision correction surgery. Some practices address this sensitive issue by engaging in “bait and switch” marketing, luring patients in with the promise of LASIK for as little $299 but then surprising them with the fact that only 1% of patients who come in will qualify by having only a very slight prescription. They then learn that their surgery will cost much more. Other centers may utilize a “ghost surgeon” whom you will never meet before or after your procedure. At Gulfcoast Eye Care, we don’t engage in such marketing practices and our doctors take the time to meet with you personally to discuss your options, answer your questions, and address your concerns. Fortunately, we are able to make vision correction affordable enough for most candidates and we offer a number of payment and financing options. At Gulfcoast Eye Care, you can be assured that we will provide you with excellence in every aspect of your eye care. Your vision is worth it.
These are just a couple of the reasons why you should choose us for your eye care needs. We look forward to meeting you in person!