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1537 Freeway Dr. Reidsville, NC 27320
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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 :

LASIK Assurance Plan
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Top 5™ Surgeon

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Order Your Contacts

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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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can lead to damage to the eye's optic nerve and result in blindness. Open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of glaucoma, affects about 3 million Americans--half of whom don't know they have it. It has no symptoms at first, but over the years it can steal your sight. With early treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

What is the optic nerve?

The optic nerve is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers. It connects the retina, the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye, with the brain. A healthy optic nerve is necessary for good vision.

How does glaucoma damage the optic nerve?

In many people, increased pressure inside the eye causes glaucoma. In the front of the eye is a space called the anterior chamber. A clear fluid flows continuously in and out of this space and nourishes nearby tissues. The fluid leaves the anterior chamber at the angle where the cornea and iris meet. When the fluid reaches the angle, it flows through a spongy meshwork, like a drain, and leaves the eye.

Open-angle glaucoma gets its name because the angle that allows fluid to drain out of the anterior chamber is open. However, for unknown reasons, the fluid passes too slowly through the meshwork drain. As the fluid builds up, the pressure inside the eye rises. Unless the pressure at the front of the eye is controlled, it can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss.

There are many other types of glaucoma. Your doctor will explain to you what type of glaucoma you have.

Who is at risk?

Although anyone can get glaucoma, some people are at higher risk than others. They include:

  • African-Americans over age 40
  • Everyone over age 60
  • People with a family history of glaucoma.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

At first open-angle glaucoma has no symptoms. Your vision stays normal and there is no pain. If glaucoma remains untreated, you may notice that although objects may be clear in front of you, you may miss objects to the side and out of the corner of your eye. It may seem as though you are looking through a tunnel. Over time, the remaining forward vision may decrease until there is no vision left.

 

How is glaucoma detected?

Most people think that they have glaucoma if the pressure in their eye is increased. This is not always true. High pressure puts you at risk for glaucoma. It may not mean that you have the disease.

Whether or not you get glaucoma depends on the level of pressure that your optic nerve can tolerate without being damaged. This level is different for each person. Although normal pressure is usually between 12-21 mm Hg, a person may have glaucoma even if the pressure is in this range. That is why an eye examination is very important.

In order to detect glaucoma, Dr. Shapiro will perform the following tests: visual acuity, visual field, pupil dilation, and tonometry.

How is glaucoma treated?

The goal of glaucoma treatment is to reduce the pressure inside your eye to protect the optic nerve. If there has been damage to the optic nerve, it can not be repaired, but further damage can often be prevented.

Glaucoma treatment often starts with medicated eye drops. Be sure to use the drops exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, your optic nerve damage could get even worse. If Dr. Shapiro prescribes more than one type of eye drop, make sure to ask how long to wait between applications and to take the drops for as long as he has prescribed them.

For most people, eye drops are effective in controlling glaucoma. If additional treatment is needed, there are other options, including oral medications and surgery. Dr. Shapiro will discuss these options with you if he feels that eye drops are not sufficient.