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About the Physicians

Doctor Patrick Albergo
Dr. Patrick Albergo M.D.

Patrick F. Albergo, M.D. is an eye physician and surgeon and is the Co-Founder of Connecticut Eye Center, P. C. where he provides general, medical and surgical eye care.

Dr. Albergo received his Medical Degree at the SUNY-Downstate Health Sciences Center and completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at the SUNY-Nassau County Medical Center. During his residency, he obtained training and clinical experience in eye diseases and surgery including cataract surgery, lens implant surgery, diagnosis, treatment and laser surgery of glaucoma. He is a board certified ophthalmologist who has been providing eye care in Connecticut for more than 25 years.

In addition, Dr. Albergo is an experienced lens implant surgeon and is able to offer "LensX" bladeless-assisted cataract surgery. He also offers diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes as well as Glaucoma Surgery and routine eye exams.

Patients find Dr. Albergo very approachable and his practice style comforting.

Doctor Duane Austin
Dr. Duane Austin M.D.

Duane F. Austin, M.D. is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Co-Founder of Connecticut Eye Center, P. C. where he has been serving the medical and surgical eye care needs of patients throughout greater Hartford, Connecticut for over 25 years.

Dr. Austin received his Medical Degree from New York Medical College and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the SUNY-Nassau County Medical Center. Dr. Austin is an experienced eye surgeon who provides cataract and lens implant surgery as well as general eye examinations, laser eye surgery for glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, and diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes in which he has a special interest. Patients seeking consultation for cataract surgery appreciate Dr. Austin's thorough explanation of the procedure including the various types of implants currently available.

He is always willing to spend the time necessary to answer questions and address the concerns of his patients.

Doctor Skip Rivard
Rene' ("Skip") Rivard FCLSA(H)

Mr. “Skip” Rivard is a second generation optician who specializes in Ortho-K and scleral lens fittings. He began his career in opticianry and contact lenses as an optical apprentice in the family business. Mr. Rivard received his formal postgraduate education in Contact Lens Technology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Mr. Rivard has a Masters in Ophthalmic Optics, is A.B.O. and N.C.L.E. - Advanced Certified and is currently a full-time Professor at Middlesex Community College. He has served on numerous Boards and taught at various schools, colleges and teaching hospitals in Connecticut and Massachusetts including Yale Eye Center. He is the current Executive Director of the Connecticut Opticians Association. In recognition of his six terms as President and his dedication to the profession, he was awarded its first Lifetime Membership, Achievement Award in addition to his many other awards over his years of service to the Opticianry community.

Mr. Rivard is also an honored fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America, associate member of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, honored fellow of the Opticians Association of America and a fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry.

Mr. Rivard helps his patients with a wide variety of contact lens needs from basic fitting to those who need specific contact lens or been unsuccessful in wearing contact lenses in the past. You can learn more about about him on his website.