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Choosing an Eye Care Professional

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People in search of opticians, optometrists, or eye doctors in or around Princeton, Hamilton and Monroe Township, NJ visit our ophthalmology practice for many reasons — from regular eye exams to the treatment and management of complex conditions. At Outlook Eyecare, we're proud of the varied skills each of our professionals has to offer. But we also understand that navigating the variety of titles and areas of expertise can be daunting. Here, we've provided a quick primer on what distinguishes our eye care professionals from one another and how to choose the right one for you.

We welcome you to visit us in person. Request a consultation at any of our offices, or call us at (609) 409-2777 (Monroe Township), (609) 419-1920 (Princeton), or (609) 587-4700 (Hamilton Township). Our helpful staff members are available during office hours to directly answer your questions or to schedule your appointment.

Who Are We?

At Outlook Eyecare, we have 3 O's: Opticians, Optometrists, and Ophthalmologists. Although it may seem as though these titles are interchangeable, each role is quite different with its own unique set of skills and qualifications.

Our Opticians make our high-quality glasses and other eyewear. They're waiting to meet you and can be found in our optical shops. Our Monroe Township, Princeton, and Hamilton offices also all benefit from our Optometrists, Dr. Margaret Ritterbusch and Dr. Michael Trottini who provide medical eye care, including writing prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses. They also excel at treating many common conditions of the eye. They work closely with our ophthalmologists and can provide immediate access to our fellowship-trained ophthalmologists, if needed.

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors. After their 4 years of medical school, our 3 ophthalmologists each completed 1 year of general internships in major hospitals around the country, gaining a wealth of medical and surgical experience in treating hospitalized patients. This breadth of experience allows our ophthalmologists to not only focus on treating your eyes, but to coordinate your medical care with your other physicians for a treatment plan that works harmoniously with your lifestyle.

Our Optometrists

After completing their undergraduate education, optometrists have 4 to 5 years of additional training, which includes a 2½-year academic program focusing on anatomy, biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and clinical pathology along with studying the ocular system and all related disorders. The remaining year and a half is spent on various rotations where optometrists examine and manage a number of patients with various ocular disorders. Upon completing the 4-year program, optometrists are required to pass a written and clinical national board exam instituted by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). A 1-year residency program, which is optional, allows the optometrist additional training that is focused on different specialties in eye care.

Dr. Margaret Ritterbusch graduated from Georgian Court University with a degree in chemistry, then received her degree of optometry from The New England College of Optometry in Boston. She is currently a panel member of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Rittterbusch's areas of practice include family and contact lens care, dry eye treatment, and aiding the low-vision population.

Dr. Michael Trottini completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Scranton, where he received a degree in biophysics. He received his degree of optometry at The Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease at Seidenberg and Protzko Eye Associates. He is also an author and columnist for Review of Optometry magazine, is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, and frequently lectures on various ocular disease topics. Dr. Trottini's areas of interest are in dry eye management, uveitis, and neurologic eye disease.

Our Ophthalmologists

If you've determined that the specialized skills of an ophthalmologist are the best match for your condition, it's important to pay special attention to the credentials and experience of your chosen doctor. Our ophthalmologists each have specific areas of professional focus that help them excel and offer our patients the best possible care.

After their 1-year internships, each of our ophthalmologists spent 3 years in general ophthalmology residencies. These residencies were exciting times for our doctors as they were thrust into a community dedicated to the advancement of eye care and vision. During this time, they advanced from novices to competent eye care professionals. All 3 of our ophthalmologists passed the stringent written and oral exams required for certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Following their board certification, they continued their training by completing full 12- or 24-month fellowships in some of the country's most highly regarded programs.

Dr. Wayne Grabowski completed a full 2-year fellowship in medical and surgical retinal diseases at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He also completed rotations in ocular oncology, macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, diabetic retinopathy, and surgical treatment of retinal disease including scleral buckles and vitrectomies.

Keep in mind that not all ophthalmologists treating retinal disease are true retinal specialists. One way to check your doctor's credentials is to search for him or her using the Find an Eye M.D. tool on the website of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Joseph Shovlin completed a 1-year fellowship in ocular plastic surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Dortzbach. In addition to his role as a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Shovlin is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, or ASOPRS. Although he performs a full range of ophthalmic services, he specializes in reconstructive surgery for patients suffering from congenital eye deformities or damage due to trauma.

Dr. Colleen Coleman completed her full 1-year glaucoma fellowship at the University of Texas. She provides state-of-the-art medical laser and surgical treatment for glaucoma. Prior to her work at Outlook Eyecare, Dr. Coleman served as a clinical instructor for Wills Eye residents.

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