How we started

In 1958 Shahane T. Kirman, O.D. opened his door to the public as a small, hometown family optometry office. Over six decades, the practice evolved into Kirman Eye, an advanced optometric facility caring for thousands of patients each year. Even though the times have changed at Kirman Eye, one thing remains constant – dedication to our patients’ eye health while providing advanced eyewear solutions.

Dr Shahane Kirman Kirman Family

Optometric Pioneers

In the past 60 years, Kirman Eye has been distinguished at having many firsts in the eyecare field, both in Pennsylvania and the United States. Dr. Shahane Kirman was the first eye doctor east of the Mississippi to perform laser refraction on January 17thof 1968. Dr. Shahane Kirman was the first doctor in in the country, outside the laboratory, to fit the Tangent Streak Bifocal contact lens in 1985. Dr. Shahane’s and Dr. Gary’s fitting data also aided in the Tangent Streak Bifocal lens gaining approval in 1987.

Kirman Eye was an investigator for the FDA approval of the Fluorex 700 rigid gas permeable contact lens. Kirman Eye was also the first eye care practice in Pennsylvania to purchase the Heidelberg Retinal Tomograph and incorporate optic nerve tomography into evaluation for optic nerve diseases, such as glaucoma.

In 2014, Kirman Eye was the first office in the country to initiate Dark Adaptation as a part of routine screening for all patients over 60 for the early detection of Age Related Macular Degeneration. Dr. Gary Kirman has lectured nationally and internationally on the benefits of early detection and treatment of AMD to help preserve a patient’s vision. He has also co-authored New Guidelines for the Detection of AMD.

In January of 2016, Kirman Eye incorporated Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for advanced evaluation of the optic nerve and central retina, also known as the macula. Today OCT is considered an integral part of testing for glaucoma, other optic nerve diseases, and central retinal abnormalities like Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Contact lens manufacturers recognize Kirman Eye’s specialty fitting capabilities and desire to provide their patients with the most advanced contact lens technology available. In many instances, patients at Kirman Eye enjoy contact lens technology anywhere from three months to two years prior to national release of such technology.

Kirman Eye has been among the first eyecare practitioners in the country to work with cutting edge soft lens technology, including the Acuvue Oasys One Day, Acuvue Oasys One Day for Astigmatism, Dailies Total One, Dailies Total One Multifocal, My Day One Day, Proclear One Day Multifocal, Bausch & Lomb Biotrue One Day, Biotrue One Day for Astigmatism, Biotrue One Day Multifocal, Bausch & Lomb Ultra, Bausch & Lomb Ultra for Astigmatism, and Bausch and Lomb Ultra Multifocal.

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