Robert E. Prouty, O.D., FAAO

dr-proutyDr. 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 Pacific University College of Optometry – Forest Grove ,Oregon
    • Doctor of Optometry


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


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


  • 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
  • U.S. Patent Holder #5593393
    • TruPro Tapered Cannula (Licensed to Lacrimedics, Inc.)

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