Meet the Doctor

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 optometrist takes 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.

Meet our doctor:

Dr. Maria Sampalis, OD

Dr. Maria Sampalis is committed to providing her patients with high quality comprehensive eye care. She is passionate about patient care and is dedicated to improving the quality of the eye exam experience through the latest technology and continued education. Complete examinations include digital fundus photography of your eyes, testing for glaucoma and other medical eye health issues, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. She has many years experience in the optical and medical eye care field to meet your family’s needs. Dr Sampalis has practiced in various settings and has also worked at Sears Optical and Lenscrafters in Rhode Island

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Dr. Sampalis is a native of Cranston and is a graduate of Cranston West High School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Northeastern University, where she received her bachelors degree in Biology.

Dr. Sampalis received her O.D. degree from New England College of Optometry in Boston where she trained in pediatrics, low vision, contact lens, and ocular therapeutics. Her training also included internships at the Providence Veterans Hospital, Boston Childrens Hospital and New England Eye. She is certified in the treatment of Glaucoma and certified by the National Board of Optometry.

Dr. Sampalis resides in Cranston with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys watching sports, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

Organizations and Community Outreach

  • Member of the National Glaucoma Association and American Optometric Association
  • Adjunct Professor at MCPHS Optometry School
  • Executive board chairwoman of the Mass. Society of Optometrists
  • Board of Optometry for the RI Health Department
  • Published various articles for the Review of Optometric Business
  • Clinical investigator for Hydrogel Vision Corporation
  • FDA consultant for Ophthalmic Device Committee

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  • "Awesome doctor. Very professional, very personable, and very efficient. Sent my whole family to her and they all agree."
    Gina M. / Cranston, RI

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