Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options, and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing, and treating potential vision problems.


Dr. Thomas Prignano

Dr. Thomas Prignano graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor of science in Chemistry and a minor in Biology in 1982. He attended The New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, and graduated Cum Laude in 1987.

Dr. Prignano is licensed in Advanced Optometry and Diagnosis and treats numerous eye diseases. He is a member of both the Connecticut Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association and has been practicing in East Hartford since 1991, caring for the surrounding community.


Dr. Jennifer Greloch

Dr. Jennifer Greloch graduated from the University of Delaware in 2013 with her Bachelors of Science in Quantitative Biology. While attending the University of Delaware, Dr. Greloch did her research in dry eye modeling. Dr. Greloch presented “Models For Interaction of the Tear Film with the Corneal and Conjunctival Epithelia” at ARVO in 2013.

Dr. Greloch graduated from the New England College of Optometry where she earned her Doctorate in Optometry and Masters in Vision Science in 2017. She was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, a Presidential Scholarship recipient, and a Seider Moral Obligation Scholarship recipient. While attending the New England College of Optometry, Dr. Greloch did research in modeling the crystalline lens during accommodation in myopic subjects. She presented her research as “Performance of the Crystalline Lens in the Accommodated Eye of Myopia” in 2015 and “A Test of Relationship Between Deformation of the Lens and Refractive Error in Accommodated Eye of Myopia” in 2016.

Dr. Greloch welcomes all comprehensive, contact lens, pediatric, and low vision exams.


Dr. Michelle Reichle

Dr. Michelle Reichle graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University in 1999 with 2 Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology. In 2003 Dr. Reichle attended the State University of New York State College of Optometry, where she graduated at the top of her class. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, a Schnurmacher and Humanity Merit Scholarship recipient, and a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.


Dr. Ellen Ruffing Patton

Dr. Ellen Ruffing Patton is originally from Poughkeepsie, New York. She graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Modern Language. Afterward, she studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Cologne, Germany. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (UABSO) where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry.

Dr. Patton has practiced full scope optometry since graduating and is established in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease.

As a native of the northeast, she is thrilled to be back in the area and welcomes all comprehensive, contact lens, pediatric, and geriatric eye exams. As a long time member of the American Optometric Association, she treats numerous eye diseases and is dedicated to serving her patients and their surrounding community.


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