Dr. Tom Kislan Opens Hazleton Eye Specialists
By ANDREA O’NEILL
Correspondent
Dr. Tom Kislan

Dr.  Tom  Kislan  has  opened  Hazleton  Eye  Specialists  on  the  Airport

 Beltway  in  Hazleton,  and  it

 features  one  of  the  only  dry  eye  clinics  in  the  area.

Dr.  Kislan  has  been  practicing  optometry

 for  sixteen  years  and  is  originally  from  the  Hazleton  area.   His

 other  location  in  Stroudsburg  has  grown  over  the  last  decade  into  a

 facility  that  offers  all  levels  of  eye

 care,  from  routine  care  to  the  treatment  of  disease.   The  Hazleton  location  mirrors  that  variety  of  care,  and

 one  of  the  diseases  treated  there  is  Chronic  Dry  Eye.

Dry  Eye  affects  60  million  Americans,  so  it  is  more  prevalent  than  one

 may  think,  and  the  symptoms  of  itchy,  burning  and/or  red  and  watery  eyes

 are  not  pleasant.   Not  long  ago  there  was  no  treatment,  other  than  the

 constant  use  of  rewetting  drops.   However,  with  new  technology  and  research,  the  Kislan  clinic  is  now  able

 to  offer  Lipoflow  technology,  a  treatment  that  considers  the  oil  base  of

 tears.

“The  oil  part  of  tears  is  very  important  and  dry  eye  becomes  ever  worse

 without  it,”  says  Dr.  Kislan.  “ There  are  tiny  glands  in  the  eyelids  that

 secrete  the  tear  film  and  never  before  has  there  been  a  treatment  that  has

 targeted  the  glands.”

Chronic  Dry  Eye  can  be  diagnosed  during  a  routine  exam  and  most  patients  usually  seek  help  after  using

 over  the  counter  medications.   Environmental  components  such  as  poor

 ventilation,  smoke,  computer  use  and  eye  fatigue  are  usually  part  of

 the  issue  and  the  condition  gets  worse  with  age  and  age  related  medications.

  It  can  eventually  cause  a

 scarring  of  the  cornea  that  could  potentially  cause  permanent  vision  changes  or  prevent  someone  from  wearing  contacts.  

“It  is  a  very  underserved  need,”  explains  Dr.  Kislan. “Our  dry  eye  clinic

 is  the  only  dry  eye  clinic  in  the  area  in  both  locations  and  we  are  very  proud

 of  that.”

The  treatment  involves  a  series  of  twelve-

minute,  painless,  in-patient  heat  micro  pulsations  to  help  produce  more  and  better  quality  oil  in  apatient’s  tears.   The  treatment  usuallytakes  six  weeks  before  a  patient  cansee  a  difference,  but  Dr.  Kislan  saysthat  the  rate  of  effectiveness  can  be  ashigh  as  92%  

While  Dry  Eye  Disease  issomewhat  of  a  niche  for  HazletonEye  Specialists,  the  clinic  serves  allmanner  of  eye  health  needs  fromroutine  exams  to  contacts  and  glasses, or  laser  vision  correction  and  cataractsurgery.   The  office  employs  fouroptometrists,  one  cornea  specialist, two  retina  specialists,  and  fifteenother  staff  members  from  technicians, to  opticians  to  clerical  staff.  

But  it  is  the  research  that  the  officeconducts,  explains  the  doctor,  thatsets  the  clinic  apart.

“We  conduct  a  lot  of  researchand  participate  in  presentationsand  lectures  across  the  country  andinternationally,”  remarks  Dr.  Kislan, who  got  into  this  line  of  work  after  hisown  office  visits  for  near  sightednessintrigued  him  as  a  child.   He  alwaysknew  was  what  he  wanted  to  do,  andthat  was  help  people  to  see.

“The  most  rewarding  thing  is  togive  someone  their  vision  and  that  isthe  motivation  I  have  to  keep  givingpatients  high  levels  of  care  every  day. People  take  their  vision  for  granteduntil  you  lose  it,”  concludes  thedoctor.

For  more  information  on  HazletonEye  Specialists,  you  can  visit  theirwebsite  at  http://www.drkislan.com/