Dr. Lauren Shatz is a board-certified ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in refractive cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses and corneal diseases. He has served the Pioneer Valley community with offices in Northampton and Amherst, Massachusetts since 2003.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Michigan, Dr. Shatz received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Shatz then went to complete his training with a subspecialty fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. US News and World Report has consecutively ranked Bascom Palmer as the #1 eye hospital in the country.
Dr. Shatz is dedicated to using state-of the-art technology and surgical techniques to provide exceptional care for his patients. Using the most advanced intra-ocular lens (IOL) technology including Toric, Multifocal and Extended Depth of Focus IOLS, Dr Shatz is able to customize the cataract procedure to match the unique needs and specific visual goals of each patient. He pioneered the “Dropless” cataract surgery technique in this region. His other professional interests include laser refractive cataract surgery, advanced corneal transplantation surgery and glaucoma care.
Volunteer work is an important component of Dr. Shatz’s career. On a yearly basis, he provides free eye care services to underserved populations in countries where quality health care can be scarce and not taken for granted. On SEE International programs, he has traveled to Cambodia, India, Vietnam and Honduras at the invitation of local governments to perform cataract and corneal surgery in conjunction with teams of local healthcare providers.
Dr. Shatz also serves as an instructor for SEE International, teaching other US Surgeons cataract surgery techniques valuable in low-resource settings.
Prior to his involvement with SEE International, Dr. Shatz worked in Nevis, West Indies providing cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and diabetic eye care to residents of the island. His partner, Dr. Hubbe, who oversees this important program, The Nevis Eyecare Program. https://www.visionforall2020.org