Lauren J. Shatz, M.D.

CATARACT SURGERY • CORNEAL DISEASE • GLAUCOMA CARE

Lauren Shatz

“Restoring, enhancing and preserving vision”

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. 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. This work is done in collaboration with SEE International, a charitable organization focused on reducing the global burden of blindness. https://www.seeintl.org/mission/

Dr. Shatz also serves as an instructor for SEE International, teaching other US Surgeons cataract surgery techniques valuable in low-resource settings.

Masslive Feature Article

Daily Hampshire Gazette Feature Article

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, Then Nevis Eyecare Program. https://www.visionforall2020.org

Dr. Shatz and Dr. Nguyen Ho, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2013

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Dr. Shatz, Dr. Nguyen Ho and Dr. LeAnne Larson, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2014

Dr. Shatz, Dr. Janak Shah and the Surgical Team, Baba Lokenath Eye Hospital, Siliguri, West Bengal, India 2015

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Dr. Shatz and Dr. Ricardo Reichmann, Roatan, Honduras 2017

Children's Surgical Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2017

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Lauren Shatz, work in Cambodia
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Lauren Shatz, work in Cambodia
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Tarabai Desai Eye Hospital, Jodhpur, India 2019

Jodhpur Ophthalmologic Society Meeting 2019