Improving Vision. Improving Life.

Dr. Robert E. Prouty, O.D., FAAO

Dr. Prouty is a native Coloradoan but was raised in San Diego, California. Dr. Prouty started his practice in Colorado in 1985 and served as a consultant at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Department of Surgery. He co-founded a large subspecialty practice in Denver and served as the Center Director for 28 years. He joined Specialty Eye Care (SEC) in Parker, Colorado in 2013.

Dr. Prouty is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA). He was selected as the COA’s “Young Optometrist of the Year” in 1988, “Optometrist of the Year” in 2004 and was the 2007 recipient of their Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Prouty is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO), is a founding member of the national Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) and served on the OGS executive committee. He is also the founding and current president of the Colorado Optometric Glaucoma Society (COGS). Dr. Prouty has developed and co-patented an instrument used for the human lacrimal system and has been the Primary Investigator (PI) in several industry related research projects. He is the director of the University of Houston’s “Residency in Ocular Disease” at SEC while holding positions at several universities as an adjunct professor and is a clinical professor at Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a recognized international lecturer and has published numerous articles in national and international publications.

Dr. Prouty and his wife, Lee Ann, ride horses, wrangle chickens and dogs, and enjoy a pastoral life east of Parker. For fun, he hikes, bikes, ATVs and explores the Colorado high country but is especially passionate about fly-fishing in the Leadville area with his children and his 3 grandchildren.


1984 – 1985 American Lake Veteran’s Administration Medical Center – Tacoma, Washington (Hospital Based Optometry & Geriatrics)


1984 Pacific University College of Optometry – Forest Grove ,Oregon (Doctor of Optometry)


1981 Pacific University – Forest Grove, Oregon (Visual Science)
1980 San Diego State University – San Diego, California (Zoology)

Honors & Awards

Colorado Optometric Association (COA)
COA’s Optometrist of the Year – 2004
COA’s Awardee for Distinguished Service – 2007
COA’s nominee for AOA Optometrist of the Year – 2005
COA’s nominee for AOA Distinguished Service – 2008

Professional Affiliations

Colorado Optometric Association (COA)
Committee Member Service
Colorado TPA Course Coordinator
COA Paraoptometric Association: Consultant & Lecturer

American Academy of Optometry (AAOpt)
Academy Fellow

American Optometric Association (AOA)
Participant with AOA’s Vision USA
Past member of the AOA Glaucoma Project Team
ast member of the AOA Diabetes Eye Care Project Team
Current member of the Integrated Eye Care Project Team

Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS)
Founding Member
Executive committee member – 2003-2008
Web Page Committee Co-Chairman – 2003-2008

Colorado Optometric Glaucoma Society (COGS)
Founding President & Executive Board member – 2005-Present

Consultant to Council on Optometric Education (COE)
Residency Site Accreditation Team

Colorado Optometric Center (COC)
Board Member – 1995-2002
Chairman of the Clinical Oversight Committee
Board Member Emeritus

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