David R. Shapiro, MD



Shapiro Laser Eye Center
127 Casa Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93405

(877) 385-5809


Dr. David R. Shapiro



Serving patients seeking LASIK, laser vision correction surgery in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and the surrounding area

David R. Shapiro, MD, is a highly experienced, board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes exclusively in laser vision correction. He has performed more than 20,000 vision correction procedures over the course of his career and has earned a reputation among his peers as a leading national and international authority on refractive surgery. Dr. Shapiro has been recognized as a world leader in refractive surgery by EyeWorld and as one of the "Nation's Top Refractive Surgeons" by Primary Care Optometry News – two of the nation's leading eye care journals. In addition, in an international survey conducted by EyeWorld magazine, Dr. Shapiro was voted one of the "30 World Leaders in LASIK Surgery." Dr. Shapiro was named one of the top laser eye surgeons in the United States by VISX, a leading manufacturer of laser vision correction technology. Recently, NBC Channel 4 News in Los Angeles named Dr. Shapiro "one of the country's top laser specialists."


Shapiro Laser Eye Center

Dr. Shapiro is committed to providing his patients with the highest quality care using the most advanced laser vision correction technologies on the market. Considered a pioneer in his field, Dr. Shapiro has been involved in the development of refractive surgery technology since its early stages. He was involved in helping guide the clinical evolution of customized wavefront-guided LASIK technology, which allows surgeons to improve overall vision quality with higher levels of precision and treat higher-order aberrations, as well as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. He was also one of the first surgeons in the world to publish medical articles about revolutionary wavefront-guided technology.

In addition, Dr. Shapiro understands the patient's point of view with regard to laser vision correction, as he underwent refractive surgery to correct his own vision problems and now boasts 20/20 vision. Dr. Shapiro's personal experience with refractive eye surgery correction gives him a unique advantage when performing LASIK surgery.

To schedule a complimentary one-on-one consultation with Dr. David Shapiro, a top San Luis Obispo LASIK surgeon, contact the Shapiro Laser Eye Center at (877) 385-5809.

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More About Vision Correction at Shapiro Laser Eye Center

Since every aspect of his practice is focused exclusively on laser vision correction, Dr. Shapiro and his team at the Shapiro Laser Eye Center are able to specifically tailor their patient's treatment plan to promote optimal levels of safety, comfort and relaxation.

In addition to Dr. Shapiro's extensive experience and stellar reputation, his team is exceptionally qualified, assisting Dr. Shapiro on more than 20,000 procedures for more than 17 years.

The Shapiro Laser Eye Center is equipped with the most advanced technologies available, including the VISX CustomVue Wavescan Aberrometer, which is used to create a highly detailed "optical fingerprint" of the patient's cornea, and the VISX Star S4 IR excimer laser system, one of the most advanced and precise vision correction lasers available.

Based on standards for hospital operating suites, the Shapiro Laser Eye Center's advanced surgical suite features a sophisticated microfiltration system and environmental controls that optimize air purity, temperature, humidity and flow rates to ensure the ideal atmosphere for their equipment and the best possible results for their patients.

During the procedure, Dr. Shapiro utilizes the VISX CustomVue Wavescan Aberrometer to make an individualized 3-D map, or "optical fingerprint," of the patient's cornea, which is later used to program the excimer laser. Once the laser is programmed for the patient's unique "optical fingerprint" correction, Dr. Shapiro creates a tiny flap in the cornea and uses the VISX Star S4 IR excimer laser system to reshape the cornea in a treatment customized specifically for the patient. Then, the flap is set back into place, where it functions as a natural bandage for the eye. The procedure typically takes only a few minutes to complete and gives patients improved vision almost immediately. Other patients benefit from another form of wavefront-guided vision correction surgery, known as wavefront-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), in which no flap is created and the customized laser treatment is applied directly to the surface of the eye. Dr. Shapiro will help you determine which procedure is best for your particular situation.

More About David R. Shapiro, MD

David R. Shapiro, MD, earned a degree in medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Following his residency at UC Davis, Dr. Shapiro spent two fellowship years studying refractive surgery under the distinguished J. Charles Casebeer, MD, often referred to as "the father of modern refractive surgery." He is one of only 14 surgeons in the world to have studied in an extensive one-on-one fellowship under the direction of Dr. Casebeer.

Dr. Shapiro remains dedicated to advancing the field of ophthalmology and laser eye surgery, regularly teaching other eye doctors. He has taught advanced refractive surgery techniques to more than a thousand eye surgeons from around the world and has been invited to teach at a variety of prestigious universities, including Stanford University, UC Davis, UCLA and UC Irvine. In addition, Dr. Shapiro has been invited to lecture on refractive surgery at several conferences hosted by prominent ophthalmology organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Shapiro has served as an investigator for several FDA clinical trials on LASIK vision correction for nearsightedness and astigmatism and was an integral contributor to the design of several microsurgical instruments for LASIK and radial keratotomy (RK). He has contributed to textbooks on refractive surgery and published more than 30 important papers in medical literature.

Patients who undergo LASIK surgery with Dr. Shapiro can feel confident that he brings his outstanding surgical skill and years of experience to their eyes when they receive laser vision correction at the Shapiro Laser Eye Center.

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