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Dr. Andrew Shatz

Ophthalmology
Sunrise, FL
26 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

913 Answers
2 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Benign twitch: All twitches are caused by muscle spasms. A mild twitch that you feel but does not hurt, or that you may barely notice in a mirror, is usually caused ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not common: Eyes generally do not change colour after the age of 6 months. Certain conditions, such as arcus senilis, can cause eyes to appear to become more blue... Read More
A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: Vision symptoms after cataract surgery can have various causes. If the symptoms have only recently appeared, it may be a sign that the capsule where ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Lens Changes: It is not uncommon that individuals with excellent vision hitting their late forties-early fifties suddenly develop blurred vision. It is often relate... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Possible infection: Discharge from either eyelid can be caused by allergies or infections. Allergies can be treated with antihistamine eye drops, while infections may re... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: The rapid onset of large or many floaters should be evaluated by an eye doctor immediately. Although the most common cause is a normal liquifying of ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Refractive index: The easiest explanation is that human eyes are "built" to work in air. Water bends light waves more than air does, and our eyes need a layer of air in... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes: If you do not see well with your current lenses, you should see an eye doctor and have your eyes examined and your prescription checked. It is not com... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes: Red eye is a sign of irritation. It may be related to allerges, dry eyes, fatigue or infection. If the redness persists, does not disappear rapidly wi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See another doctor: Most doctors would do the same thing that anyone else would do when they are ill - seek medical treatment. Since optic neuritis can be blinding and st... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Get a different pair: The discomfort you are feeling is due to glasses that are either too heavy or too snug. Be sure to test other glasses and find ones that feel comforta... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Flush with water: Although flushing with water may dislodge a foreign body such as an eyelash, if it does not release it, you may need to have it removed by a doctor. D... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
A couple of days: Unlike older types of eye surgery, modern cataract surgery does not set limitations on activities such as flying. Altitude changes do not adversely af... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: Periorbital cellulitis is an infection of the eyelids that causes swelling, tenderness and some degree of difficulty opening the lids. It can be easil... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Less floaters: Vitrectomy is performed to remove blood or repair a retinal detachment. These conditions tend to present as floaters and decreased vision. Although th... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Dry Eyes: Dry eye syndrome is the most common cause of red, irritated eyes. It is more common as we get older, and can be exacerbated by spending long hours rea... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Absolutely: Orbital cellulitis is a potentially life-threatening infection. It often starts as a sinus infection, that "tracks back" into the eye socket. Once in ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See his doctor: Dark circles can be a normal finding, but can signify many things, including allergies, poor sleep, or other causes. If your son's behaviour change is... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not a disease: A craniofacial injury implies an injury to the face and skull. This is typically seen after motor vehicle accidents and trauma to the head from falls.... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: Pain in or around the eyes that is excruciating, includes vision loss, and/or does not resolve on its own within a matter of minutes, should be evalua... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: Migraines can be preceded by an aura that can blur or decrease vision. It typically lasts less than an hour. You don't mention why you are blind in th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Very Few: While laser eye surgery (lasik, prk) is very safe, there can rarley be complications that may affect vision. Most commonly, the eye may not achieve p... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
As early as 50: Cataract means "cloud" or "waterfall". Any change causing the natural lens to become less than crystal clear is technically a cataract. It may not be ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: Swelling and pain around the eye may be caused by an infection. If left untreated, it can potentially get into the eye socket and even the brain. Your... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Several Options: There are many lens choices for vision correction. Although the standard monofocal implant has stood the test of time (63 years to be exact), it has ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: The most common cause of pain on eye movement is atypical headache, which is often relieved with Ibuprofen or aspirin. Less common, but more concernin... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
May not be related: Light sensitivity can be caused by eye inflammation or trauma, and occasionally by certain medications. If you are being treated for panic attacks, y... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Possible: Lazy eye, or amblyopia, describes an eye that cannot see well (typically more than 20/40) even with the best prescription lenses. It can be associated... Read More
A 79-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: Heavy eyelids can be caused by excess lid skin which occurs with age, as well as muscle weakness. An eye doctor can evaluate your lids and determine t... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
It is possible: Depending on the depth, size and location of the scar, prk or even lasik may be possible vision correction options for you. Your best bet would be an ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your doctor: This type of bump is usually a benign condition, such as a skin tag or blocked oil gland. An eye doctor or dermatologist can evaluate it for you and ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Is this chronic?: If this is a longstanding condition (as far back as you can remember) it is likely permanent. If it started recently (over the last few months or a f... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Up to 2 weeks: Pink eye is the term used fro viral conjunctivitis. It can be contagious for up to 2 weeks and is one of the most contagious infections in the world. ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not sure: Several optometry schools have ophthalmologists as associate professors, especially for clinical rotations. The idea is to let students see as many e... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Depends : There are several options for vision correction surgery, . Laser vision correction (lasik, prk) alters the shape of the cornea to decrease the need fo... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Vision improves fast: Cataract surgery is a quick and easy procedure from which you can recover. Most people begin to see better within a day of the procedure, but this de... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No reason to wait: Cataract surgery is elective, meaning that you can have it done when you are ready. If your vision is poor and it is due to the cataracts, you certai... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Surgery: The only effective means of getting rid of bags under the eyes is either to have fillers injected around the bags or to have the bags surgically corre... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: The cornea can swell as a result of several conditions, but true inflammation is much less common and is often a result of infection. Regradless of th... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Stress: Mild eye twitching is usually caused by stress - emotional or physical. A major contributing factor is lack of sleep. If it is annoying but not painfu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your doctor: Eye swelling can have many causes, from inflammation to infection or trauma. Each is treated differently. The best way to have the condition resolve i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your doctor: Too much worry can scare you into inaction. Most eye pain has simple causes such as dry eye and eye strain. Treatment is straightforward and should no... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your doctor: While pinched nerves and spots in the vision are usually not related, there may be something more involved that needs to be evaluated. This is especia... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes: Eye pain - especially persisitent pain - is not normal. Occasional sharp pains lasting for only a few seconds may be caused by dry eyes. Most other ca... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: Cataracts are the "greay hair" of the eyes. Everyone gets them as they age. Certain chemicals (steroids, chemotherapy) and exposure to high levels of ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Ophthalmologist: Double vision should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist. If it occurs with only one eye open, it is related to the eye itself. If it only occurs when ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes: A history of periorbital cellulitis is not necessarily important information to tell your doctor as long as you are not seeing him/her for an eyelid p... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Depends on the cause: Eyelids can swell from allergies, masses, infections and injury. Treatment for the swelling is directed at the specific cause. Since eyelid infection... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Unlikely cause: Iron deficiency can cause anemia and drowsiness. There may be the appearance of dark circles if fluid accumulates around the eyelids. Treating the def... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: Although every medical procedure carries a degree of risk, the chances of ending up with worse vision than before the procedure is rare. In order to m... Read More

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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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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

Best Doctors
Top Ophthalmologist , Third Place, Florida - Winter
2013
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