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Samuel P. Sprotzer, M.D. (1948-2015)

In memoriam

We are saddened by the loss of the practice's founding physician, Dr. Samuel Sprotzer. His memory and ideals continue to be embraced by the physicians and staff of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and we continue to follow Dr. Sprotzer' s lead in delivering the most compassionate and advanced eye care possible.

Dr Samuel P. Sprotzer, MD  | Ophthalmologist Milford CT | Orange CT | Branford CTDr. Sprotzer was a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and founder of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C., one of the largest multispecialty ophthalmology practices in the New Haven area. He had been in practice for more than 25 years, with subspecialty training and expertise in cataract and anterior segment surgery, refractive surgery, and laser vision correction. Dr. Sprotzer grew up in New York City, attending the Bronx High School of Science. He graduated from Columbia University and then received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.

After completing his internship at Bellevue Hospital in 1974, his training continued at Yale New Haven Hospital where he finished his residency in ophthalmology in 1977. Dr. Sprotzer served as Chief Resident in ophthalmology at Yale New Haven Hospital and received an International Eye Foundation Fellowship grant, which allowed him to study tropical medicine and ophthalmology in Haiti.

Dr. Sprotzer had been in the forefront of adapting the new surgical techniques of phacoemulsification, small incision and stitchless cataract surgery that has resulted in more rapid patient recovery and less dependence on glasses postoperatively. He had been actively involved in teaching these new state-of-the-art techniques to other physicians. Dr. Sprotzer was Chairman of Ophthalmology at Milford Hospital. He was an attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital, He was a Fellow of The American Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, and the New England Society of Ophthalmology.

Hospital Appointments:

  • Chairman of Ophthalmology at Milford Hospital
  • Attending Physician, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Specialty Areas:

  • Toric and Multifocal Cataract Lenses
  • Glaucoma Consultations
  • Small Incision Cataract Surgery
  • General Ophthalmology

Martin R. Shapiro, M.D.

Dr Martin R. Shapiro, MD  | Ophthalmologist Milford CT | Orange CT | Branford CT | Shelton CTDr. Shapiro joined with Samuel P. Sprotzer, M.D. in 1983 to form the group medical practice that has evolved into today's comprehensive eye care practice of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. Dr. Shapiro enjoys offering a broad range of routine and emergency eye care for adults and adolescents in his office practice. He has special interest in glaucoma treatment.

Dr. Shapiro is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hamilton College in New York and earned his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Shapiro was selected to receive his residency training in eye surgery at the Ophthalmology Department of Washington University - Barnes Hospital Medical Center, one of the country's most prestigious teaching hospitals. Dr. Shapiro also furthered his medical training during his internship at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Since completing his formal residency training in ophthalmology in 1983, he has participated in numerous post-graduate courses on advanced techniques in eye surgery.

Dr. Shapiro has been Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology since 1985. He is also a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Dr. Shapiro has served on the Board of Directors of Prevent Blindness Connecticut and was Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. Shapiro's hospital privileges include active attending status at Yale New Haven Hospital and Milford Hospital.

Hospital Appointments:

  • Attending Physician, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Attending Physician, Milford Hospital
  • Active Surgical Staff, CT Eye Surgery Center

Specialty Areas:

  • Glaucoma Treatment (Medical & Laser)
  • Comprehensive Eye Care for Adults & Adolescents

Philip J. Silverstone, M.D.

Dr Philip J. Silverstone, MD  | Ophthalmologist Milford CT | Orange CT | Branford CTDr. Silverstone joined Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. in 1986 after completing a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Orbital Surgery at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Silverstone graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1976 and from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1980. After two years of Internal Medicine Residency he completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Silverstone is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Yale-New Haven Medical Center. He has co-authored a number of articles and book chapters on topics in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has been a course instructor at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Silverstone is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians and the New England Ocuplastic Society.

Hospital Appointments:

  • Clinical Instructor, Yale-New Haven Medical Center
  • Active Surgical Staff, CT Eye Surgery Center

Specialty Areas:

  • Ophthalmic Plastic Reconstructive & Orbital Surgery
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • General Ophthalmology

Darron A. Bacal, M.D.

Dr Darron A. Bacal, MD  | Ophthalmologist Milford CT | Orange CT | Branford CTDr. Bacal joined Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. in July of 1997 as the group's Pediatric Ophthalmologist. In 1999 he was appointed a Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology in the Yale-New Haven School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. In 2006 he was promoted to Assistant Clinical Professor in the same department. He is a Board Certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology since 1997 and a Fellow of the Academy since 1998. He is also a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. In 1997, Dr. Bacal completed a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the top children's hospitals in the U.S.A.

After earning a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Bacal received his medical degree in 1992 from Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Following a medical internship in New York, Dr. Bacal completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was selected Chief Resident of Ophthalmology, and served in this capacity from 1994-1995. During his Chief Residency, Dr. Bacal traveled to Guyana (South America) to participate in a volunteer project designed to provide Ophthalmic surgical care for the indigent population of the country.

Dr. Bacal is on the active medical staff of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Hospital of St. Raphael, Milford Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Hospital of West Haven. Dr. Bacal is the 2016-2017 Chairman of the Professional Education Committee for the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. He has numerous publications in both textbooks and journals. Dr. Bacal has presented original research at national Ophthalmic meetings. In 1995, he was selected the Bill Gore Outstanding Researcher by the Society of Vascular Technology for his study of blood flow within the optic nerve. He presented his findings at the society's annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. Bacal is a manuscript reviewer for Ophthalmology, the official journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of PEDIG (Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group).

Dr. Bacal a member of the Professional Education Committee for Prevent Blindness Connecticut. He resides in Orange, Connecticut with his wife and their two children and enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and racquetball. Dr. Bacal is a PEDIG investigator. PEDIG, the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, is a national research organization involved in Pediatric Ophthalmology clinical trials and has approximately 50 medical investigators. Dr. Bacal is participating in all of the current studies. Presently all current studies involve amblyopia treatments.

Hospital Appointments:

  • Attending Physician, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Attending Physician, The Hospital of St. Raphael
  • Attending Physician, Milford Hospital
  • Attending Physician, Veterans Administration Hospital of West Haven

Specialty Areas:

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Adult Strabismus & Eye Movement Disorders
  • General Ophthalmology

Seth W. Meskin, M.D.

Dr Seth W. Meskin, MD  | Ophthalmologist Milford CT | Orange CT | Branford CTDr. Meskin joined Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. after completing a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, one of the country's oldest and most renowned eye hospitals. Dr. Meskin's areas of interest include laser refractive surgery, cataract surgery, the medical and surgical management of corneal transplants, as well as infectious, immunologic, and traumatic disorders affecting the cornea and surrounding structures of the eye. Dr. Meskin was one of the pioneering surgeons in Connecticut to offer DSAEK (Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) and DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty) which are new forms of less invasive corneal transplantation.

Dr. Meskin performs complex microsurgical ocular reconstructions such as sutured intraocular lenses and iris prosthetic devices. He is among a small group of surgeons in the United States that were involved in the FDA clinical trial of the Ophtec Model 311 Artifical Iris Lens Implant. He was also a recent investigator for a FDA clinical research trial studying the use of Corneal Collagen Crosslinking (CXL) to stop or slow the progression of keratoconus and corneal ectasia. He is now one of only a few surgeons in Connecticut performing CXL for keratoconus and corneal ectasia with the FDA approved Avedro CXL device.

After graduating summa cum laude from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, Dr. Meskin went on to earn his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his medical internship in New York City, and was selected for the ophthalmology residency program at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. While there, he was chosen and served as Chief Resident of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Meskin is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine. Each week, ophthalmology residents from Yale spend time with Dr. Meskin as part of their cornea rotation, learning about the medical and surgical treatment of patients with corneal diseases. For his work in teaching the Yale Ophthalmology Residents, Dr. Meskin was honored to receive one of the annual teaching awards. Dr. Meskin is also on staff at Bridgeport Hospital, CT Eye Surgical Center in Milford, and Milford Hospital. He has authored numerous scholarly journal and textbook publications and has presented original research at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's and American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery’s national meetings.

Dr. Meskin is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society, and the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians.

Hospital Appointments:

  • Yale-New Haven Medical Center
  • Bridgeport Hospital
  • Milford Hospital
  • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Specialty Areas:

  • Cornea & External Diseases
  • Corneal Transplants (DSAEK, DALK, PK)
  • Refractive Surgery ( Laser Vision Correction; LASEK/PRK)
  • Small Incision Sutureless Cataract Surgery
  • Complex Ocular Microsurgery / Intraocular Lens and Iris Reconstruction
  • Corneal Collagen Crosslinking (CXL) for Keratoconus or Post-Lasik Ectasia

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