Jan A. Kylstra, M.D.



Diabetic Retinopathy

Macular Degeneration

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

800 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-573-3202
Stoneham-Retina Consultants
1 Montvale Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 617-573-3202
Accepting New Patients



Dr. Jan Kylstra is a full-time member of the Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Service who specializes in surgical and medical management of diseases of the retina. In particular, he has expertise in the management of diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, retinal detachments, age-related macular degeneration, non-surgical retinopathy of prematurity, and retinal infectious disease. He was named one of the Best Regional Doctors by Castle Connolly in 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Kylstra earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. After completing his Ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School, he served as chief resident and completed a Retina-Vitreous fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear.

His research focuses on the management of diabetic macular edema and age-related macular degeneration.  Currently, he is interested in researching and developing better ways to screen for wet macular degeneration.

In addition to his research and clinical work, Dr. Kylstra concentrates his efforts on the teaching and mentoring of trainees. In 2012, he was voted Teacher of the Month by the students of the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Clinical Interests

Management of diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, retinal detachments, age related macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity (non-surgical), retinal infectious disease.

Research Interests

1. Development and clinical validation of new device to determine potential acuity in patients with cataracts; 2. Home screening for wet AMD; 3. Treatment of Geographic Atrophy in patients with AMD using experimental medication: Genentech sponsored clinical trial.


For a full list of publications, please see his CV.

Postoperative complications following vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy with sew-on and noncontact wide-angle viewing lenses. Virata SR,Kylstra JA. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers. 2001 May-Jun;32(3):193-7.

Entoptic perimetry screening for central diabetic scotomas and macular edema. Brown JC, Kylstra JA, Mah ML. Ophthalmology. 2000 Apr;107(4):755-9.

The importance of fluorescein angiography in planning laser treatment of diabetic macular edemaKylstra, JA, Brown JC, Jaffe GJ, Cox, TA, Gallemore R, Greven CM, Hall JG, Eifrig DE. Ophthalmology 1999; 106:11.

Indirect ophthalmoscope perimetry in patients with retinal detachment or retinoschisisKylstra JA, Holdren DH. Am J Ophthalmol 1995; 119:521-522.

Clinical predictors of scleral rupture following blunt ocular traumaKylstra JA, Lamkin J, Runyan D. Am J Ophthalmol 1993; 115:530-535.

View a complete list of publications on pubmed.gov>>

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  • Philosophy, Dartmouth College, BA
  • Duke University School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Florida


  • Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School


  • Retina-Vitreous, Massachusetts Eye and Ear