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When you have LASIK at Shapiro Eye Care you can feel confident that you are getting the most advanced procedure, at the best price and peace-of- mind for the future of your eyes. We offer :

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Shapiro Eye Care has one of the most complete contact lens centers in Greensboro. We offer a comprehensive range of contact lenses, including spherical, bifocal, multifocal, toric and tinted lenses. And you can order them in the comfort of your own home. It’s as easy as completing our online contact lens order form. And when you order a year’s supply, you receive discounts and FREE delivery directly to your home.

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Dry Eye Clinic

Are your eyes dry, burning, irritated, watery? Are you having problems wearing contacts? Shapiro Eye Care has a respected Dry Eye Clinic, under the direction of Dr. Arun Subramanian. The purpose of the clinic is to evaluate, diagnosis and treat your dry eye conditions. In Guilford and Rockingham counties, Dr. Subramanian is the only optometrist offering a Dry Eye Clinic. Contact us to schedule a Dry Eye Evaluation.

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Eyeglasses and Accessories

Wearing eyeglasses today is a fashion statement. Nobody wears the same clothing every day, so why wear the same pair of glasses every day? You don't have to limit yourself anymore. The Shapiro Eye Care Optical Shop has a great variety of designer frames, basic everyday frames, sunglasses and more. Let our eye care specialists help you see better and look better, too!

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Cataract Center

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About Cataracts

If you're reading this, you or someone you love has likely been diagnosed with a cataract. At Shapiro Eye Care, we know this can be a scary time in your life, but as you begin to consider your options, keep in mind that cataract surgery is one of the safest, most common surgical procedures performed in the world. And afterwards, most patients report better vision than they've had in years.

Cataracts are very common. According to the National Eye Institute, more than 22 million Americans have a developing cataract. Still, many people don't know what they are, or why they affect vision. In fact, the development of a cataract is usually slow enough that you may not notice a difference in your vision. But eventually your vision may begin to seem cloudy, like looking through a foggy window. Colors may appear less bright, also. If you think you may have a cataract, please review this section of our website and contact us to schedule a consultation.

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What is a Cataract?

As we age, proteins in the eye's lens begin to clump together, forming opaque clusters. As get larger, they begin to scatter and diffuse light, preventing it from properly focusing on the retina at the back of the eye, leaving vision unclear. Typically, this results in hazy, blurry vision and faded, dull colors.

Cataracts ARE NOT an external film or growth over the eye and/or lens that can be removed with a LASIK procedure. LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive surgical procedure used to correct common vision problems such as nearsightedness and hyperopia not cataracts.

Like a camera, your eye needs a clear lens to accurately focus the light and images it collects. Since cataracts eventually interfere with this process, the only long-term solution is to surgically replace the eye's natural crystalline lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).

 

Although the majority of cataracts develop on their own, as part of the natural aging process, there are certain risk factors that can help cataracts to develop earlier, or faster.

Risk factors include:

  • Eye Trauma - injury, burns or surgery
  • Toxins - regular use of tobacco, alcohol or corticosteroids
  • Overexposure-to sunlight, ultraviolet (UV) light or X-rays
  • Diseases - diabetes, hypothyroidism, glaucoma or an autoimmune disorder
  • Genetics - having parents or grandparents that developed cataracts

What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Common symptoms of a cataract include a slow, painless blurring of vision, light sensitivity or increased problems with glare, poor night vision, or faded or dull colors. Glasses or contacts no longer improve vision. Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process, but left untreated, they have the potential to cause a complete loss of vision.

When Should Cataracts Be Removed?

When Dr. Mark Shapiro examines your eyes, he will probably notice a cataract that is beginning to develop long before you are aware of it. Because that development is a slow process, you don't need to do anything immediately. Cataract surgery should be considered when changes to your vision begin to interfere with your daily activities. You must decide whether you can see well enough to drive safely, read or watch TV comfortably, or perform daily tasks like cooking, shopping or taking your medications without difficulty.

Once the cataract begins to affect your daily life, it is time to have it removed. Left untreated, cataracts will eventually cause a complete loss of vision. The longer you wait to remove a cataract, the more difficult it is for the doctor and the risk of complications increases.

Cataract Surgery IOL Choices

The only truly effective cataract treatment is to remove the clouded lens through surgery and replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL). IOLs are very small, highly advanced medical devices designed to mimic the function of your eye's natural lens. Each IOL design offers its own features and benefits, and Dr. Shapiro will discuss these with you.

When selecting a lens, there are two general types of lenses to choose from: monofocal or mulitfocal lenses. Both will treat your cataract and reestablish your vision, but there are a few key differences.

Monofocal Lenses

Most monofocal IOLs are designed to provide good vision at a single distance, typically for far vision. They are ideal for routine daily activities, such as driving and shopping, and are well-suited for less active, more sedentary lifestyles. Glasses are typically required for reading, surfing the web, and other common up-close activities that require clear near or intermediate vision (insert photo of what you see with a monofocal lens.)

 

Cost-wise, all monofocal IOLs are categorized as a "standard" lens and are covered by insurance.

Multifocal Lenses

Multifocal IOL is designed to correct your cataract and provide good vision at near, intermediate, and far distances. They correct presbyopia, an age-related condition that requires reading glasses or bifocals to read and see up close. Multifocal IOL’s significantly reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. These technically advanced designs are well-suited for active, glasses-free lifestyles.

 

After surgery, you may experience an adjustment period during which you may see halos or rings around lights while driving at night. This is normal and, as the eye adjusts to the lens over time, the visual impression of these rings typically lessens or goes away.

Cost-wise, Multifocal IOLs are a "premium" lens and may be partially covered, or not covered at all depending on your insurance.

Toric Lenses

Toric IOLs are a special option for people with astigmatism. Astigmatism is an irregularity of the cornea, and ordinary replacement lenses cannot correct it. A Toric lOL has a unique design that enables it to replace the cataract and correct the corneal astigmatism at the same time. The IOL also provides significantly improved distance vision and may reduce the need for corrective lenses. Toric IOLs are partly covered by Medicare.

 

The Surgery: Quick and Painless

The typical cataract surgery procedure takes about 20 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis in a recognized surgical facility. To ensure you feel no pain during your procedure your eye will be anesthetized with topical drops. Under an operating microscope, a tiny opening is made in your cornea. Dr. Shapiro will use a probe the size of a pen tip to break apart and suction out the old lens. Then a permanent intraocular lens implant (IOL) is placed inside the eye to replace the natural lens that was removed. Typically the IOL is rolled up into the tip of an injector tool, so it can be inserted through the same tiny opening.. Once injected, the IOL unfolds perfectly into place. Because of the small opening, your eye will heal itself naturally and quickly without any stitches.

And that's it! All you have to do now is rest up, and get ready to enjoy the benefits of improved vision - often even better than before the cataract developed!

After Cataract Surgery

After the procedure, colors may seem more vibrant, your vision is clearer, and more in focus.

In addition, if you've chosen a multifocal replacement IOL, chances are you'll get to enjoy an active lifestyle that's free from the hassles and headaches of glasses.

The benefits of having more youthful eyesight add up quickly. Restored vision often motivates patients to pick up the tasks and hobbies that their cataracts once prevented them from doing - you might even be inspired to take up some new ones. And why not? Cataract surgery doesn't just improve your vision - it opens up a whole world of possibilities.

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