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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.

Missed Connections -


An 88-year-old Caucasian female presented to the clinic with acute onset of pain and swelling around her left eye. She stated that about a week prior she had an upper respiratory infection, and after blowing her nose, she noted her left eye had become red and swollen. She also had a headache ...

A Giant Problem Overlooked - Review of Optometry


An 85-year-old Caucasian female presented with acute vision loss in both eyes. She stated that two days ago she developed pain on the left side of her head with vision loss in the left eye, which shortly spread to the right eye. She reported fatigue, weakness, jaw pain/claudication, scalp tenderness ...

Seeing Halos, No Faith Needed - Review of Optometry


Published January 15, 2017 Seeing Halos, No Faith Needed While temporal artery biopsies are the standard to confirm giant cell arteritis, sonography is a noninvasive alternative.

Tonic Pupil? Loosen Up - Review of Optometry


During a medical exam, an internal medicine doctor noted a difference in pupil size—left pupil larger than right—in a 62-year-old Caucasian male, which was never noted on prior visits. In addition to a referral to our clinic, his internist scheduled him to have an intracranial magnetic resonance ...

CRAO: A New Way to Go - Review of Optometry


A 65-year-old white male presented to the emergency room for an evaluation of acute vision loss in his right eye. He said that, while playing golf early in the morning, his vision started to “white out.” Although his vision began to return that afternoon, his acuities were still decreased ...

Heal the Burn - Review of Optometry


A 66-year-old Asian female presented with a chief complaint of burning in her left eye for the past three months. She spoke limited English, which made it difficult (at least initially) to obtain a thorough history. Her medical history included diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, for which ...

Pale Disc Points to Trouble - Review of Optometry


A 43-year-old white female presented for a routine examination. Her only complaint was near vision difficulty related to presbyopia. She had a history of breast cancer with mastectomy, for which she was taking tamoxifen. Her other medications included Lupron (leuprolide acetate, AbbVie) and vitamin ...

An Intro to Neuro - Review of Optometry


Many optometrists avoid diagnosing and managing patients with neuro-ophthalmic disorders. We may perceive these cases to be very complex, time-consuming and possibly vision- or life-threatening. While challenging, these conditions can be successfully managed by optometrists and comanaged with other ...

Scleritis: When a Red Eye Raises a Red Flag


Scleritis manifests as a very painful red eye—but it sometimes suggests that something deeper than the eye is involved. It’s often, but not always, associated with an underlying autoimmune disorder. So, it’s vitally important to get to the bottom of this uncommon but aggravating condition ...

The Many Moods of Uveitis - Review of Optometry


Uveitis is a broad topic that encompasses not only ocular sequelae, but a large spectrum of associated systemic diseases. Management of these patients can prove to be challenging in controlling inflammation, preventing ocular morbidities and dealing with potential side effects of treatments. In ...

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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