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
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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, and the Ocular Surface Disease Society of Optometry. He is a co-managing doctor for laser refractive surgery at LCA-Vision.

Dr. Kirstein has authored scientific studies, published several scientific articles and textbook 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.

In August 2021, Dr. Kirstein was ranked #66 in Newsweek Magazine’s list of America’s Best Optometrists.

Dr. Todd A. Zelczak
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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. Esther Lautz
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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.

Dr. Nicole Charry

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Nicole Charry, O.D. grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She attended University of Central Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She went on to earn her doctoral degree in optometry from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, OK. After graduation, she completed a residency in ocular disease at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico which focused heavily on glaucoma management.

Dr. Charry became interested in optometry during her first visit with the optometrist at 11 years of age. She spent 3 years working for an optometrist in her hometown during her undergraduate education and that experience solidified her decision to pursue a career in the field. She knew it was the right fit for her because she wanted a profession that was about serving other people, building relationships, and helping them love life through the way they see.

Her primary goal is to provide the highest quality clinical care as possible. Outside of work, she loves to travel and spend time with her husband.

Patient Testimonials

Very nice people that shows alot of care towards each client definitely would recommend to my friends and family doctors was great and prescribed the perfect prescription for my eyes there’s alot of eye clinics out here but I definitely by far would reccomend haper point eyecare associates to anyone I knew in need of eye exam and prescriptions.

Daniel T.

Harper Point Eye Associates has a great team to facilitate eye examinations and have a large selection of glasses if needed. Customer service was excellent in every way.

W. B.

Dr Kirstein and staff were thorough and explained my overall eye health in detail. Answered all my questions and were clear with guidance. Excellent overall experience.

Bill T.

Staff was polite and professional. I felt safe to enter during a pandemic. Staff was excellent, they were positive and engaging!

Monty H.

My 14 year old daughter and I both had our first appointment at Harper’s Point Eye Dr yesterday. Everyone was absolutely AWESOME!! The staff are friendly, respectful and professional. The Dr. was great, he took his time, explained everything and was very thorough. I would highly recommend Harper’s Point Eye Dr. Such a great place!! Lots of wonderful eye frame choices. The entire staff are Amazing!

Sandy

Dr. Todd Zelczak is the best, he’s my eye doctor for the last 20 years. I first found him on the best doctor list in the Cincinnati Magazine.

Hua L.

Excellent facilities that use the latest cutting edge technologies that are available today. They are always investing in new equipment and technologies. This combined with extremely well qualified staff makes them one of the best in this area.

Robert C.

I am new to the Cincinnati area and chose this practice because they were in network on my vision insurance. Got lucky on this one! The doctor took the time to discuss my particular vision issues and needs, and both he and the staff went above and beyond to make sure my needs were met. Five stars!

Kate A.

Dr. Kirstein and his staff are amazing! I’ve been going to him since 1985. He’s always up to date on checkups, procedures, and beautiful eye wear. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a new doctor!

Suzanne S.

My son injured his eye in football practice. Dr. Kirstein met us after hours, gave him medicine and put a contact lens patch on eye. He felt better immediately and was good for school by the next morning. Excellent doctor and service.

Tracy L.