A Newsletter from Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care

Is LASIK Safe?

Recent media reports have lead to the belief that LASIK vision correction is an unsafe surgical procedure and patients often suffer from debilitating side effects.

While LASIK does come with associated risks, as does any surgical procedure, it is the responsibility of the surgeon to carefully screen patients to determine candidacy, inform patients of any and all potential side effects, provide all of the surgical care, and directly oversee all postoperative care.

The patient should thoroughly investigate the surgeon and the surgical practice before making a commitment. Recent technological developments have expanded the acceptable criteria for laser vision correction and have improved both the safety of the procedure and its clinical results. However, LASIK surgery is not always performed the same way by all surgeons.

At Anderson & Shapiro, we have performed laser vision correction surgery in the Madison area since 1997 and are now performing all-laser bladeless customized LASIK. We make it our goal that you receive the best vision possible.

Lasik SafeCritical to our success has been that we personally exam, screen and discuss LASIK with each potential candidate before surgery and continue to monitor them for as long as necessary after surgery.

We will not perform the surgery if the patient is not a good candidate. Our friends and family members have entrusted their vision to us and we performed the surgery on them with the same level of care as given to all our patients.

We use the latest in technology such as the all laser LASIK (bladeless) or Wavefront LASIK which thoroughly maps the eye for a more successful surgery. Unlike some LASIK centers that use a spare room in the office for their procedures, this is all done in a Medicare approved surgery center that follows all the proper surgical and sterile guidelines.

Even with these precautions, LASIK is still not a fix all solution. If our analysis of your eyes disqualifies you as a LASIK patient, there is still hope for 20/20 vision. It is important to see ophthalmologists who have experiences in other forms of surgery because some patients might be better candidates for these procedures rather than LASIK. Our knowledge of the eye allows us to recommend the best procedure for you that will bring the best vision.
-Dr. C Joseph Anderson and Dr. Michael B. Shapiro

I Can See Clearly Now, the Cataract is Gone

According to Prevent Blindness America, 22.3 million American adults suffer from vision-affecting cataracts. When people age, their vision becomes progressively worse and cataracts, a visible clouding of the eyes, occurs.

Cataract removal is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States. Annually, over 2.7 million cataract surgeries are performed nationwide.

"The diagnosis and treatment of cataracts is critical for a high quality of life," says Dr. Michael B. Shapiro. "Every year many cases go untreated. The best way to diagnose and treat cataracts is with a yearly checkup—everyone over 40 should visit their eye care professional yearly."

See ClearlyCataracts occur when the lens proteins clump together, creating a hazy view. This can cause cloudy or blurry vision, light sensitivity, poor or reduced night vision, double or multiple vision and a need for constant changing of glasses or contact lenses. An untreated cataract is one of the most common causes of treatable vision loss.

Generally cataracts are the result of aging, but they can also occur due to eye trauma, complications from diabetes, inherited or genetic problems, or can result from medications such as steroids. Ultimately surgery is required to remove cataracts.

During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is physically removed from the eye and replaced with an artificial lens. The process is performed under a local anesthetic and takes about 20 minutes. Many patients report drastically improved vision in the first 24 hours after surgery. The sheer number of surgeries combined with recent innovations has made cataract surgery less invasive, more successful and more accessible.


Don’t Be Blue, Berries Aid Vision

Adding blueberries to your diet has been shown to reduce eye strain and macular degeneration.

Berry Blue Whole Wheat Pancakes

    Berry Blue
  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cteaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ cup blueberries
  1. Sift together dry flour and baking powder. Beat together the egg, milk, salt and brown sugar in a bowl. Stir in flour until just moistened, add blueberries, and stir to incorporate.
  2. Preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, and spray with cooking spray. For each pancake, pour approximately 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan. Cook until bubbly, about 1 1/2 minutes. Flip, and continue cooking until golden brown. Makes 5 Pancakes