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Norman A. Zaffater, Jr., MD

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Dr. Norman Zaffater, Jr. is a native of the Shreveport area. He is the son of Dr. Norman Zaffater, Sr., who was an expert in the field of orthodontics. After graduating from Loyola College Prep, Dr. Zaffater attended LSU Baton Rouge where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. Dr. Zaffater went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from LSU Medical Center at New Orleans. Returning to Shreveport, Dr. Zaffater completed his ophthalmology residency at LSU Medical Center in 1997.

Dr. Zaffater chose the field of ophthalmology because he enjoys helping restore peoples’ vision after performing surgery. He stated, “There is nothing like giving someone their sight back. I feel blessed that God chose this path for me and I continually seek His guidance.”


Dr. Zaffater has performed over ten thousand eye surgeries for the residents of Shreveport, Bossier and the Ark-La-Tex since he began practicing. He is highly experienced in the latest techniques of laser vision correction, including all laser custom LASIK, SMILE and PRK. He is certified on multiple laser systems and trained to correct all forms of refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and reading vision. He is one of the few eye surgeons in Louisiana to offer the SMILE Laser Vision Correction procedure in Louisiana. He has expertise in cataract removal with the use of various lens implants, including implants that correct distance, intermediate and reading vision. Dr. Zaffater is one of the first surgeons in Louisiana to be certified on the LenSx laser for cataract surgery. He is highly skilled in eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) for both cosmetic and medical reasons. He is trained in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma, diabetic eye conditions, and certain retinal abnormalities. He offers comprehensive family eye care.


Dr. Zaffater is a member of the Willis-Knighton Physician Network and performs his LASIK, SMILE and PRK procedures at the WK Eye Institute Refractive Surgery Center in Shreveport. He performs his other surgical procedures at WK Bossier Medical Pavilion and WK Eye Institute in Shreveport.

  • Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, 1998 (received re-credentialing in 2018)
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member Louisiana State Medical Society

Family and Interests

Dr. Zaffater is the son of Norman and Carol Zaffater and has a large extended family. He has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 2001 and has two sons, Norman “Anthony” Zaffater, III and John Paul.

In his off time, he enjoys playing in his band, Rogers and Zaffater, at local venues and private parties. He also loves spending time with his family going to the lake, beach and the mountains.

He is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and serves as Eucharistic Minister.