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
“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
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/