Diabetes Education

About Kimberly Mistiszyn

Dr. Kim MistiszynKimberly Mistiszyn, O.D., is a board certified optometric physician in both Florida and Pennsylvania. She currently practices at The Rand Eye Institute in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The Rand Eye Institute has played an integral role in supporting diabetes research through its connection with the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) Foundation. Dr. Mistiszyn is part of a team of doctors who provide comprehensive eye evaluations to diagnose and treat ocular diseases including diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. She provides pre- and post-operative care to all types of surgical patients including cataract, corneal and refractive surgery.

Dr. Mistiszyn discovered her love for vision health in the summer of 1995 when she worked for a local ophthalmologist in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. She came back to work every summer while on break from college and then in May 1999 graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lycoming College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. From there she moved on to Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where was awarded clinical honors and became a member of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society and the Beta Sigma Kappa National Optometric Honor Society. While an optometric student, Dr. Mistiszyn took part in a humanitarian trip to Guatemala where she evaluated and treated patients from undeveloped areas of Guatemala. During this trip she discovered her passion for treating ocular diseases, which would lead her to complete an ocular disease residency at the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, following her graduation from PCO in May 2003. Dr. Mistiszyn really took an interest in diabetes and the retina after working alongside a retinal specialist during her residency. Her commitment to helping diabetes patients became more personal when her mom was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Mistiszyn is dedicated to providing hope and treatment to people with this devastating disease. One of Dr. Mistiszyn’s goals is to provide education, awareness and hope to people who are affected by diabetes so that they can prevent and avoid any severe ocular complications.

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