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Meet Dr. Margaret M. Ritterbusch, OD

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Margaret Ritterbusch, OD

After serving the Monroe Township and Princeton, N.J., areas as an optometrist for more than 25 years, Dr. Margaret Ritterbusch considers her patients' yearly eye exams more like family reunions. Dr. Ritterbusch is one of the most accomplished eyecare professionals in the area, specializing in contact lens fittings and low-vision evaluations for the visually impaired.

She remains an active advocate for the visually impaired of New Jersey and is a panel member of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Learn more about Dr. Ritterbusch's credentials by viewing her CV.

Dr. Ritterbusch's Education & Training

Dr. Ritterbusch graduated magna cum laude from Georgian Court University with a degree in chemistry. She then earned her Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, where she graduated with honors in contact lens care.

Dr. Ritterbusch has been involved in the dynamic field of optometry throughout her career. She's served as principal investigator for several FDA studies and has been published in the New England Journal of Optometry.

Dedicated to pursuing advanced training opportunities that provide direct benefits for her patients, she's attended the following conferences and seminars:

  • Global Specialty Lens Symposium, which focused on the latest techniques to successfully manage ocular conditions using specialty contact lenses that Dr. Ritterbusch has incorporated into the practice. This includes lenses to treat severe astigmatism and lenses used in cases where traditional lenses are ineffective.
  • Vision by Design, a conference that led to Outlook Eyecare offering a revolutionary nonsurgical procedure called orthokeratology, in which patients are fit with specialty gas permeable lenses that are worn while sleeping, to gently reshape the eye and correct myopia.
  • NJSOP Winter Education Series, which included sessions addressing specialty tint eyeglasses designed for difficulties associated with concussion injuries.

Patients who visit Dr. Ritterbusch for comprehensive eye exams have the added convenience of having prescription lenses filled in our on-site optical shop.

A Q & A With Dr. Ritterbusch

Dr. Ritterbusch, who is a member of the New Jersey Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association, talks about being a contact lens specialist and the changes she's seen during her career.

What led you to become an optometrist?

On my first day of college, I met Dr. John Shive, the head of the physics department. He became my mentor and suggested that I pursue an optometry degree because of my interest in studying optics. The rest is history.

When did you join Outlook Eyecare?

February 2, 2006.

What does it mean to be a contact lens specialist?

Finding the correct lens for a patient can be more difficult than many people might expect. I enjoy the challenge of having a patient who is difficult to fit and, after working together with the patient, finding a lens that exceeds their expectations. They tell me this is the first time they have excellent vision, as well as comfort.

What is the most groundbreaking change that's occurred since you've been an optometrist?

Disposable and daily contact lenses have made wearing contact lenses so much safer and more comfortable. Additionally, the FDA approval of the orthokeratology (ortho-K) lens has had such a positive impact on the lives of many adults and children who have progressive myopia.

What changes in vision correction do you predict will occur in the next 10 to 15 years?

Because so many children are myopic — and the numbers continue to go up — I believe continued research will lead doctors to find ways to slow down or stop myopic progression without the use of contact lenses or spectacles.

What leisure activities do you enjoy?

I love tennis, and I like to play doubles. Gardening and a good murder mystery are other ways I use my free time.

If you are looking for an optometrist in Princeton or Monroe Township, NJ and surrounding communities, request a consultation with Dr. Ritterbusch using the online form, or call us at (609) 409-2777 (Monroe Township) or (609) 419-1920 (Princeton) to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ritterbusch or one of our other outstanding eye care professionals.

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