Dr. Andrew Shatz

Ophthalmology
Sunrise, FL
28 years experience male

Locations

SightTrust Eye Institute

Sunrise, FL

Address

1601 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 430, Sunrise, FL
Directions

About

Bio

Dr. Andrew Shatz is a highly-respected, board-certified ophthalmologist with advanced training in topical, clear-corneal (“no-stitch”) cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange, and phakic intraocular lens implant surgery. With more than 17,000 intraocular procedures performed over the past ten years, he is believed to be the Southeast’s leading implanter of the ReSTOR multifocal and Verisyse Phakic premium intraocular lenses. A national lecturer to both optometrists and ophthalmologists, Dr. Shatz sits on several clinical advisory panels. He often teaches his surgical techniques to other ophthalmologists in the country. His patients include many doctors and ophthalmic surgeons and he is frequently called upon by these colleagues to treat their most difficult cases.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: Florida

Doctor Q&A

736 Answers
2 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
It's possible: If you are diabetic, you are more susceptible to dry eyes and blurred vision. Both of these can make the eyes feel tired. Tired eyes do not necessari... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Anything's possible: Giant papillary conjnctivitis is usually a chronic response to an allergen or foreign body (like contact lenses). Since it usually takes weeks or lon... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes: They can be related. Tears drain from the eyes into the corner of the eyelids and then into the nose. If you have a stuffed nose, the tear drain can... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
No: Nystagmus is an "internal" condition that is built in to the wiring of your eyes and brain. "external" issues such as fatigue or looking in certain di... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Possibly: Auras are usually flashing lights or lightning patterns seen either alone or as a precursor to a migraine. If alone, they are often called ocular mig... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
These go together: If you are suffering from all these symptoms at the same time, you are likely not taking in enough calories. When the body does not get enough nutrie... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Will need watching: If a cataract is removed in a baby, either a lens implant is placed during surgery, or contact lenses and/or glasses are prescribed afterwards. It is ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
They can be: Eye strain usually occurs when you either stay focused at the same postition for prolonged periods or attempt to focus without glasses when you should... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Not necessarily: Tired eyes are usually either (relatively) dry or strained from extended staring (reading a book or using the computer without a break for extended pe... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Take a lot of breaks: College is a time when we do a great deal of reading. While not dangerous to the eyes, strain and dry eyes can be frustrating. Be sure to take a break... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Sepends on the type: There are 2 forms of macular degeneration - wet and dry. Dry is more common, slower to develop and the only current medical treatment is high-dose vit... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
18 and older: Lasik is fda-approved for those 18 and older. More importantly, surgery is held off until there is no appreciable change in your prescription from yea... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
It depends on...: ...The cause. Eye strain from dry eyes can recover within minutes of lubricating the eyes or resting them. Strain brought about from an uncorrected ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Not likely: Conjunctivitis means inflammation of the outer skin layer on the white of the eye. It can be caused by allergy, infection or other conditions. The b... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Good question: Anything that causes eye pain or that can risk further injury to the eye should be avoided. If the injury required suturing, there can be a risk of su... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
No quick fixes: Tired eyes can often be relieved by either lubricating eye drops (artificial tears) or an update in prescription eyewear. Dark circles or bags under ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
It may never cure: Strabismus can occasionally be improved by vision therapy, but more often requires multiple treatments, including glasses and even surgery. Even once ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Not in 400 char. :): That is a tough question that would take a full page, but essentially conjunctivitis is inflammation of the clear skin over the white of the eye. It i... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Possibly: But this is difficult to maintain. We normally blink every 10-15 seconds, so it would be hard (and straining) to force yourself to blink 5 times more ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Ask your eye doctor: Infectious conjunctivitis can be caused by or made worse by contact lens wear. If you were placed on prescription eye medication for the condition, yo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
With time and...: ...Patience. Once a vessel breaks, it heals almost immediately. Unfortunately, the blood that leaked out can stay in place for up to 2 weeks. Nothi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Don't: The only safe way to get blood out of the eye is by having an eye doctor surgically remove it - but only if it is necessary to be removed. Blood on th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
More likely dry eyes: Watery, blurred, itchy eyes are usually either allergic or dry. These symptoms do not usually occur when someone needs glasses or is wearing the wrong... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes: If a lazy eye has been present since youth, it can be surgically corrected at age 25 or older. A child who has the procedure may retain straight eyes... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
No: In fact there was a large scientific study of multiple dietary supplements and vitamins that found that there was no decrease in the development or pr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
See your doctor: I know you don't want to hear it, but in order to know what kind of infection you have and how best to treat it, your eye doctor should be consulted. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Glasses or rest: The most common cause is tension headaches. This can be due to straining to read without proper glasses, staring at a book or computer for hours on en... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Decreased abnormal..: ..Blood vessel growth. Abnormal blood vessels (neovascularization) can leak, leading to swelling and bleeding in the eye, which can cause permanent vi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Dry eyes: Smoking can also decrease tear production, which can increase dry eyes. This is not a strict rule, but it will certainly help speed recovery if your... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Adjust computer dist: Taking a "vision" break every 30 minutes by staring off at a distance helps. So does changing the distance the monitor is from you every so often. B... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Here's a summary: Lasik, prk, epi-lasik and surface ablation are similar ways a laser changes the shape of the front of the eye (cornea) in order to correct for nearsig... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
See an eye doctor: Depending on its location, color, shape, size, and amount of time present, this may be normal or it may require being treated. Once it is evaluated, y... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Dry eyes: Eyes don't truly get tired, but oftentimes your tiredness can cause or worsen dry eyes. When we get tired, we often stare off or force our eyes to sta... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Dry or inflamed eyes: Dry eyes can become more irritated in bright lights. Additionally, people with certain inflammatory conditions of the eyes can feel worse when the str... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
See your doctor: Either it was poor for a while and you only recently had occasion to notice it, or something significant has occurred that should be evaluated.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes, but...: Adult strabismus can be surgically corrected, but may recur over time and may need to be re-treated. Glasses with prism can help and prevent the need... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Not really: Atropine dilates the pupil, allowing more light into the eye and also increasing the width of the field of vision. Someone who has lost half of their... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Decreased vision...: ... Glare, need for increased lighting are the most common symptoms of cataracts. A cataract is the natural clouding of the lens in the eye. The only ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Artificial tears: It may seem counterintuitive, but watery eyes are often caused by dry eyes. If the tears you make do not have the right components, they will not stic... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
At least 18: In the United States, one must be at least 18 years of age, and have a stable prescription (no significant changes over the last 1-2 years) in order t... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Varies by doctor: Depending on the surgeon, laser platform and your prescription prior to laser vision correction, there may be the need for an enhancement at some poin... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Two forms of lazy: Amblyopia means the eye cannot see well despite the appropriate prescription being worn (usually 20/40 or worse). The eye can be well aligned but the ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Corrective wear...: ... Is the most important treatment. The eye needs to be looking through the best prescription. The other eye should be blocked (all under the guida... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
No: There is a condition termed "computer vision syndrome" which describes eye strain and fatigue after staring at computers, and can be easily treated wi... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Strabismus surgery: If the lazy eye is turned in, out, up, or down, the treatment is a muscle resection or recession. This is a form of strabismus surgery.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
It may be: If antihistamine eye drops do not do the trick, oral medication may help. But beware: if you take oral antihistamines for an extended period of time, ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes...: Lazy eyes are actually eyes that do not have good vision, either due to a misalignment of the eye or a block in the vision (uncorrected prescription n... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes: Blurred vision is not a normal condition. It may be related simply to the need for glasses, or artificial tears (if the vision blurs in and out every ... Read More
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Very painful: Acute angle closure glaucoma is a painful and potentially blinding disease, that is responsible for about 10% of all glaucomas. It is caused by the ir... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Not necessarily: If you develop red, deep indentations, see an eye doctor. You may need different frames. Although indentations caused by glasses are usually not perma... Read More
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Testimonials
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Apr 20, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Mar 17, 2013
Very concise and easy to understand!
Mar 17, 2013
Easily understood. Great answers!
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Thanks Dr. Shatz I'm 24 years old and i got the glass after i had seen a doctor...honestly i can't say he was good doctor...he just puts me on some vision testing machin and write a prescription +/-1....Read More
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Thank you for your help. I've already made an appointment. This has been extremely frustrating because I worked as an Optometric/Ophthalmic Tehnician for 17 years in Texas. Normally I would know what ...Read More
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Went to allergist, he said don't do testing just stay away from all pen drugs and cipro drugs. Said if son needs pen or cipro drugs one day we will test then. Do u agree? I'll re post. As a question i...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, GA , 1995
Graduated 1995MD

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, GA
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Completed 1999

Awards

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Top Ophthalmologist , Third Place, Florida - Winter
2013
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