Dennis R. McCarty, OD Optometric Glaucoma Specialist
Dr. McCarty has lived in the Austin area his entire life and founded Cedar Park Eye Care in 2002. He has many family members in and around the Cedar Park/Austin area. Since graduating from optometry school in 2000 he has provided family eye care and co-managed hundreds of LASIK surgery cases. Dr. McCarty received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Southwest Texas State University and his doctorate from the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Dr. McCarty is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and Central Texas Optometric Society. He has served as President and Secretary for the Central Texas Optometric Society, and currently serves on the Continuing Education division of the Texas Optometric Association. He has worked as an adjunct Associate Professor for the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. McCarty is licensed in the state of Texas as a therapeutic optometrist and an optometric glaucoma specialist. He is a member of the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. McCarty partakes in many activities that central Texas has to offer. He enjoys golfing, running, boating, competitive pistol and rifle shooting and most of all, spending time with his wife, Shannon and their daughter, Jolie Ann, born August 12, 2015, and son, James Roland, born March 12, 2017. Family has always been a huge part of his life as most family members live within a few miles of his practice.
Ami Shah Vira, MD Neuro-ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgeon
Dr. Shah Vira grew up in Arizona. She moved to Chicago to complete a combined engineering and medical program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Chicago Medical School. While at IIT, she played collegiate soccer. After graduating from medical school, she completed a rigorous internship in internal medicine at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, Arizona. She then completed her ophthalmology surgical residency at the University of Arizona, where she served as chief resident. After residency, she completed a highly competitive two-year dual fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology and Oculoplastics at the highly regarded Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Shah Vira specializes in surgical correction of the eyelids and eyebrows, eyelid malposition and tumors, excessive tearing, and conditions involving the orbit. In addition, she provides a variety of cosmetic procedures, including upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lifts, and cosmetic injectables such as Botox cosmetic, and Xeomin. In addition, she specializes in neuro-ophthalmological procedures with a particular expertise in thyroid eye disease, orbital decompression, double vision (strabismus), idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri) and optic nerve sheath fenestrations.
Dr. Shah Vira is board certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, North American Neuro Ophthalmology Society, Fellow in the American Academy of Surgeons, and Austin Ophthalmology Society. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, OrangeTheory, and playing the piano.
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Karissa is our office Insurance Guru. Although not on the front lines of the office – she can sometimes be seen helping out up front on our busy days. She has over 17 years in the Optical Industry and worked as an A.B.O. Certified Optician for 13 years before going behind the scenes to work on the insurance processing and claims management side. Karissa is a native Californian but has come to love being in Texas for over 15 years now, where she moved after meeting her husband Jason of 12 years now. They have two awesome kids together and love spending time as a family and visiting their extended family in San Antonio. Karissa has been with Cedar Park Eye Care for almost 4 years now and loves the close knit- family vibe we have here. See if you can spot her when you’re here on your next visit…like a “Where’s Waldo” adventure!
I’m Carissa, new to the staff but not to the practice. I was born in California and raised here in the Lone Star State, home sweet home! I’ve been a technician for about a year now, and I’ve never had so much fun learning under such an awesome staff. Everyone is so knowledgeable and willing to help, and I’m excited to do the same.
When I’m not working with our awesome doctors, I’m usually at home with my wonderful cat and fun-loving dog, or crocheting with my amazing partner Mark. We’re always playing games and having a laugh, or watching a goofy movie to wind down after a hard day’s work. If you see me, feel free to say hello!