Dr. Joseph Shapiro is highly respected in both traditional medical and alternative health venues. His advanced perspectives and pioneering efforts in the field of Vision Therapy have made him one of the country’s foremost Behavioral Optometrists. He is presently the Director of the Center for Unlimited Vision in New York City where he treats both children and adults with difficult vision problems.
Dr. Shapiro served on the private staff in the offices of the Chiefs of Ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye and Ear and Lenox Hill Hospitals. He was also a staff member and clinical supervisor at the New York Light House Low Vision Service. Dr. Shapiro is also credited with being the first optometrist in New York City history to open a low vision service for the partially sighted in an ophthalmological setting in New York City. He has done Grand Rounds, in- services and/or workshops at six New York and New Jersey metropolitan hospitals on the subject of functional vision testing and therapy, including the prestigious Rusk Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine at New York University Medical Center.
From the very beginning of his career in 1973, Dr. Shapiro was branded a maverick in his field. He attended one of the first intern and residency programs in Vision Therapy at what is now called the University Eye Center in New York City. He co-authored a revolutionary and landmark book, Out of Sight Into Vision, the first in a new wave of books that transcended the traditional medical view of eye care and exploded the 20/20 myth. He was the first vision authority to be featured on WABC-TV’s AM New York in a series of guest spots which dealt with the subject of preventive vision care-a series that he also helped to create. An expert in the field of driving vision, Dr. Shapiro co-produced, and was the on-air spokesman and guide, for ‘Save A Second, Save A Life,’ a highly acclaimed ground-breaking educational video presentation on the subject of visual performance and driving safety.
Dr. Shapiro also presented a ground-breaking seminar for members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, on the relationship between good visual skills and a smooth-flowing performance. He has treated many authors, performers, two Academy Award winners, a two-time Grammy nominee, and other celebrity clients from Broadway, motion pictures, television and music.
Dr. Shapiro is an expert in light therapy. He is a Fellow of the College of Syntonic Optometry, a professional educational association dealing with the science of color phototherapy. He has lectured numerous times to professional and lay audiences on the global effects of light therapy on mind, body, and spirit. He has also transferred these medical concepts to artistic forums coproducing avant-garde art shows and installations using high visibility light and color.
Dr. Shapiro is included in the 2007 Edition of Guide to America’a Top Optometrists, listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the East and 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals “Honors Edition.”
Dr. Shapiro has devoted his entire career to helping individuals maximize their visual potential, vigorously educating professional and lay audiences about the important relationship between the soundness of their visual style and their overall health and well-being. He continues to work tirelessly to open our eyes to the profound wonders one can experience by incorporating good visual habits into our natural way of seeing.