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Meet Dr. Michael R. Trottini, OD

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Michael Trottini, MD

As a child, Monroe optometrist Dr. Michael Trottini enjoyed talking to the eye doctors at the optometry practice where his mom worked as a technician, asking them to describe their jobs.

"When I was a little older, I started shadowing one of the optometrists and fell in love with the profession."

That ultimately led to Dr. Trottini joining Outlook Eyecare, where his valuable training and experience provide our patients with the expertise they expect from our team of eye care specialists. Dr. Trottini is certified by the National Board of Examiners of Optometry.

Learn more about Dr. Trottini's credentials by viewing his CV.

Dr. Trottini's Education & Training

Dr. Trottini grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Scranton, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biophysics. He went on to earn a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he was awarded honors during his clinical rotations.

He then moved to Maryland, where he completed a residency in ocular disease at Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates. His work focused on glaucoma, neurologic eye disease, corneal and retinal disorders, refractive and cataract surgery management, nursing home care, and emergency eye care. Before joining Outlook Eyecare in 2012, Dr. Trottini served as an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and New England College of Optometry, where he mentored and trained students and resident doctors.

Extensive Experience

Dr. Trottini has a diverse background that includes extensive experience in the management of ocular disorders, such as inflammatory and infectious diseases of the eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. He is also a clinical investigator in national research studies.

In addition to his work at Outlook Eyecare, Dr. Trottini has medical privileges at Robert Wood Johnson hospital and is consulted for management of various ocular disorders.  Dr. Trottini is also an editor and columnist for Review of Optometry magazine where his writing focuses on neurological eye disorders. Additionally, Dr. Trottini frequently lectures on ocular disorders to other professional physicians and to the general public as well.

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A Q & A With Dr. Trottini

Dr. Trottini talks about an exciting technological advance that helps treat eye diseases more efficiently and the changes in eye care he expects to occur in another decade or so.

What do you find most rewarding about your specialty?

Many of the patients I see begin feeling like family. Over the years, with all of the visits, I end up interacting with my patients on a personal level. I learn not only about their eyes, but about who they are as individuals. It's a great feeling knowing that I'm able to help take care of their eye care needs.

What's your specific area of expertise?

Areas within my specialty that particularly interest me include treating neurological eye disorders, uveitis and scleritis — which both involve inflammation of different parts of the eye — and dry eye.

What's the most exciting advance in eye care that's occurred during your career?

There's a type of imaging technology called spectral domain OCT, which enables eye doctors to get extremely detailed views of the retina and optic nerve. That allows us to manage various retinal disorders and glaucoma much more efficiently than was previously possible. Often, this advanced imaging can help diagnose certain disorders easier and earlier than we could before the introduction of this technology.

What changes do you anticipate in the next 10 to 15 years?

Our profession grows and evolves rapidly. Diseases that were leading to severe vision loss are now becoming increasingly manageable with current therapies. Ongoing research involving macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease hold the promise of more effective treatments and, possibly, cures. Patients who develop these diseases in the future will have access to treatments that can help preserve their eyesight.

What about your time outside of the office?

I'm married, and my wife and I enjoy spending time together with our new baby girl. I have a few hobbies. I've been playing guitar since my childhood and still enjoy that. I try to be very physically active and stay fit in different ways, including weightlifting and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a form of martial arts.

Dr. Michael R. Trottini, OD

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