The practice began in 1966 when Dr. Matt Elgart opened his first office in Old Saybrook CT. Located on Main Street across from the Fire Station, the office was in a building that had previously been an old Inn. To put the time period into context, an eye exam was $12.00 and a number of Matt’s older patients were born in the 1800’s!
Two short years later in 1968, Dr. Elgart was drafted into the navy as a Lieutenant and served in the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville FL. During the time he spent in service, the old Inn that housed his practice was sadly demolished. Upon returning home from Jacksonville in 1971, his search for a new practice location resulted in a brand new building situated directly across from the Old Saybrook High School, where it still is today. “In those days, the town was very small and that location was actually considered out of town!” said Dr. Elgart.
But like the town, the practice was growing fast, so Dr. Elgart hired optician Bob Nucci and the office team began to take shape. Then, just one year later in 1972, Dr. Elgart joined forces with newly graduated optometrist Dr. Ed Pinn and together, they provided the best practices to the community and began building their reputation.
In 1978, a colleague, Dr. Potts was retiring his practice in Deep River, CT so Drs. Elgart and Pinn decided to expand their practice to the old white colonial house on the corner of High St. and Main in Deep River. With a solid reputation that followed their expansion, Deep River’s practice grew with leaps and bounds and with an additional location opened in Guilford, in 1985, Dr. Carol Gordon joined the practice to meet the demand with her enthusiasm and her beloved personal touch.
Dr. Elgart’s daughter, Dr. Monya Elgart, joined the practice in 1997 when Matt and Ed proudly changed the practice’s name to Elgart, Pinn, Gordon & Elgart. Dr. Monya was an energetic addition to the practice with her vision, great diagnostic skills and her contagious laugh.
The next chapter-
With innovations and renovations, Dr. Monya and Dr. Gordon took ownership in 2007 and renamed the practice, Eye Doctors. Determined to be a leader in the age of technology, Eye Doctors is committed to serving the needs of their patients with cutting edge diagnostic equipment and offering a fantastic selection of exciting eyewear. Through 50 years of practice, the fundamentals have never changed and still have their roots in what Dr. Elgart Sr. and Dr. Pinn created,
The best practices available delivered with great care and a personal touch.