An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the last 12 months.
– Centers for Disease Control
Meet Our Doctors
Our mission, at Harper’s Point Eye Associates, is to provide our patients with the quality of medical eye care that is of the same high standard that we would hope to receive for our own families. We adhere to that standard when selecting and training our staff, designing our office, choosing the best technology for the diagnosis and management of eye disease and providing medical treatment plans for our cherished patients.
Dr. Elliot M. Kirstein
Dr. Kirstein received his doctorate from the Massachusetts College of Optometry in 1976 and is the founder and director of Harper’s Point Eye Associates. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Association of Vision Research in Ophthalmology and the Contact Lens Section of the AOA. Dr. Kirstein is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, the Ocular Surface Disease Society of Optometry and the National Glaucoma Society. He is a co-managing doctor for laser refractive surgery at LCA-Vision.
Dr. Kirstein has authored scientific studies, written several scientific articles and text book chapters. He has lectured and written on topics such as glaucoma management, intraocular pressure measurement, visual field analysis, contact lenses and computer integration of medical eye care.
During the early development of soft contact lenses in the 1970’s, he was a clinical investigator for the United States Food and Drug Administration. He has served as the glaucoma consultant for Paradigm Medical Industries, in Salt Lake City, Utah and the United States glaucoma research consultant for Ziemer Ophthalmology, AG, Switzerland. He now serves on the Speakers Alliance for Alcon, Reichert, Optovue and Haag Streit, USA and Aerie Pharmaceuticals. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at The Western College of Optometry and the Illinois College of Optometry.
Dr. Todd A. Zelczak
Dr. Zelczak received his doctorate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia in 1992 and completed his residency in primary medical eye care from The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Pa in 1993. Dr. Zelczak is a member of the American Optometric Association, The Contact Lens Section of the AOA, as well as the Ohio and Cincinnati Optometric Associations.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a five-time recipient of the Optometric Recognition Award. Dr. Zelczak is a co-managing doctor for laser, refractive, and cataract surgery and has worked as a clinical associate at the MidWest Eye Center and the Cincinnati Eye Institute.
Dr. Zelczak is the co- director the MidWest Optometric Society which provides educational conferences and continuing education to optometrists around the country. He has lectured and written articles on several ocular disease topics, including glaucoma, dry eye, and ocular neurology and has lectured as a CORE speaker for Allergan and Shire Pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Dr. Zelczak has participated in the spring training vision evaluations for the Cincinnati Bengals since 1994.
Dr. Zelczak is a clinical assistant professor and preceptor involved with training and educating 4th year optometric student interns from Western University College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry and Pikesville University College of Optometry.
Dr. Alex D. Gibberman
Dr. Alex D. Gibberman joined the Harpers Point Eye Associates team in 2014 after graduating with Clinical honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, in Philadelphia. He is a native Cincinnatian and graduated from Sycamore High School before attaining his Bachelor of Science degree at the Pennsylvania State University.
Dr Gibberman has a specific interest in specialty contact lens fitting for patients with difficult prescriptions, keratoconus, LASIK complications, and other corneal scars and abnormalities. He lectures on the topic nationally for Accu-lens, Inc. and is involved with training other eye care providers on the skill of fitting specialty scleral contact lenses. Dr. Gibberman works closely with many local and regional corneal specialists to manage complicated cases. Aside from scleral contact lens fitting, Dr. Gibberman provides comprehensive optometric eyecare for a wide variety of conditions including dry eye, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, anterior uveitis, and macular degeneration.
He is a member of the Ohio Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. While in optometry school he was a member of the student optometric service to humanity, which raised money to provide eye examinations and eyeglasses in third world countries.
Dr. Tyler W. Dowdall
Dr. Tyler W. Dowdall received his doctorate from the Ohio State University College of Optometry in the year 2018. He was raised in Cincinnati and attended Sycamore High School before going on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University.
While earning his doctorate, Dr. Dowdall completed rotations at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System, in Tucson, AZ, and University Hospitals Eye Institute at the Case Western University Department of Ophthalmology, in Cleveland, Ohio. These clinical rotations emphasized diagnosis and management of ocular disease along with fitting of contact lenses for traditional and complex cases.
Dr. Dowdall is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Joseph T. Mando
Dr. Mando was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew up in Ryland Heights, Kentucky and attended Holy Cross High School in Latonia, Kentucky. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Kentucky, graduating Magna Cum Laude; Medical school followed at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. He then returned to the University of Kentucky, where he completed an intern year with the Department of Surgery, followed by his residency with the Department of Ophthalmology. His training was completed with a fellowship in cornea, anterior segment, and refractive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Mando specializes in the management of medical and surgical diseases of the cornea and anterior segment including: corneal dystrophies; keratoconus; anterior segment reconstruction; cataracts; refractive surgery; as well as, diseases of the conjunctiva and iris. Dr. Mando is board eligible once he completes his oral boards in October 2018. He is a member of the American Cornea Society as well as the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Mando is an avid outdoorsman, spending free time backpacking, kayaking, and fishing. When not in the wilderness, he and his wife are self-diagnosed foodies, who thoroughly enjoy trying new restaurants, and cuisines, in the tri-state area and abroad.
Dr. Esther Lautz
Dr. Esther Lautz is a born and raised Cincinnatian who after attending high school in Union, Kentucky studied biochemistry at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She worked in the optical industry for 6 years before earning her doctorate at Western University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, CA. This graduate university focused on interprofessional education and connected optometrists with doctors of osteopathic medicine, physical therapists, dentists, and physician’s assistants to deliver holistic healthcare. One of the tenets Dr. Lautz appreciates the most is providing patient care with a humanistic approach, valuing the individual as a whole rather than solely focusing on the ocular system.
Prior to and during optometry school Dr. Lautz travelled to Campinas, Brazil and Tecate, Mexico to provide eye care to underserved populations. She also interned at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Centers in Bedford, MA and Walla Walla, WA with a focus on ocular disease diagnosis and management. In 2020, Dr. Lautz received the Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation.
When Dr. Lautz isn’t caring for her patients, she spends almost all of her time outdoors. She loves trail running, mountain biking, and skiing.