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Dr. Maria Della Porta, OD Optometrist in Bristol, Connecticut

Dr. Maria Della Porta, OD, is your local Eye Care Specialists serving all of your family's vision care needs.

Dr. Maria Della Porta, provide quality eye care services and vision care products in Bristol; we truly care about the health of your eyes and provide Comprehensive Vision Care to all family members.

We are conveniently located in Bristol, Connecticut and service Burlington, Farmington, Southington, Terryville and the Greater Bristol area. We are the local Optometrist near you, offering you and your family top quality eye care delivered with unsurpassed customer service.

We stock Designer Eye Frames & SunglassesContact lenses, and we offer Eye examsEmergency Eye Treatment as well as the Management of Ocular Diseases.

Maria Della Porta, OD, accepts a number of Insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Visit us at our vision center, which can be found at 271 Farmington Ave, Bristol, 06010.  Call: (860) 512-7222 to make an appointment or Click here to schedule an appointment online.

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Designer Eyewear

We carry the latest European and American designer eyewear collections in a variety of styles, colors and materials.
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Contact Lens Services

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My eyes are always burning and tired, what is causing this and what can I do about it?

These are often signs of dry eye syndrome, a very common condition that affects many people over time. Women are generally more prone to developing these symptoms and aging is often a cause as well. Dryness of our eyes is often due to a decrease in the oil production in our eyelid glands which causes the surface of the eye to become irritated. Certain medications and health issues can also contribute to dryness. There is no true cure for dryness but many treatments are available such as the use of artificial tears, nutritional supplements incorporating Omega 3, prescription medications such as Restasis, and eyelid hygiene. No single treatment works for every individual so we customize treatments for each person and their specific condition.

What is the examination like to determine whether someone is suffering from Dry Eyes?

As part of a regular eye examination we will inquire about use of eye drops and whether the patient has any discomfort or redness which may be dry eye related. We will also take a careful look with the biomicroscope to see if plugged oil glands in the lid or any dry patches on the cornea are present. We often use a yellow stain called fluorescein to see how quickly the tears evaporate. We also look for eyelid issues like blepharitis (inflamed crusty lids) or demodex mites which can worsen dry eye symptoms.

How do you treat Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes are one of the most common problems people have with their eyes. That's why when you go to the supermarket you see literally hundreds of different options of eye drops for the eyes. However, many of these drops do not solve the problem they just cover the symptoms and this could cause major problems down the road. The two worst drops to use are Visine and/or clear eyes or anything of those families. They have a drug in them that just constrict blood vessels so that it does get the red out but it does not get to the root of the problem which is causing the dry eye. For proper dry eye treatment you need to have your eyes looked at by an eye care professional and they will develop a program for you to address the problem properly. Normally in run-of-the-mill dry eye you start to develop symptoms early and it could just be a dry scratchy feeling, or a foreign body sensation or just grittiness. These symptoms can get worse towards the end of the day and also can sometimes be exacerbated by wearing contact lenses. A lot of people blame their contact lenses, however it has nothing to do with the contact lenses because it is the underlying dry eye issue that is the main problem. Here at our offices we do the artificial tears and some other special drops that help with the symptoms however normally we like to employ a procedure called punctal plugs, a small collagen plug is placed into the tear duct to slow down the out flow of tears off of your ocular surface. This will help keep your natural tear film at a higher level allowing your eyes to be hydrated like they're supposed to be through the day consistently. The problem with just doing regular artificial tears drops is that when I prescribe it, it has to be done six to eight times a day and a lot of patients have a hard time sticking to the treatment regimen. The beauty about the punctal plugs s that once they are in place it is like a "set it and forget it" type of therapy. It is acting and the patient doesn't even know it is working. We re-evaluate every 6 months and this has saved a lot of my contact lens patients from dropping out of contact lenses completely.

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Maria Della Porta is your local eye care clinic selling and professionally installing PogoCam! Come in today to see what all the hype is about! Picture how PogoCam can, with a click of a button, capture your most special moments!

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Eye Emergencies

If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

Please call our office at: 860-582-0702 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel your need to find the nearest emergency room.

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