Entering the field of optometry upon the suggestion of a college friend, Dr. G. Timothy Petito first sought an education at Michigan State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in medical technology. From there, he earned a Doctor of Optometry, with distinction, from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and completed a residency in binocular vision and pediatrics at the State University of New York. Over the course of his career, Dr. Petito also completed the AOA/ASCO/NEI Multi-Center Clinical Trials Design Course and the Chief Optometrist Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the course “Drug and Medical Device Development: A Strategic Approach” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Since 1989, Dr. Petito has excelled as the president and optometric physician at Petito Eye Care, where he provides optometry services to patients of all ages. During his longstanding tenure, he also served as the director of professional relations at Marco Ophthalmics, Inc., a team member at High-Performance Vision Associates, and a consultant with the Florida Division of Blind Services and the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Earlier, he worked for the Tampa, Winter Haven and Pinellas Lighthouses for the Blind, the University of Rochester and Florida State University, among others. Notably, Dr. Petito was a vision and performance consultant for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns. Furthermore, he taught at the State University of New York and was a research scientist at Columbia University.
Dr. Petito holds several patents in the field and has contributed to book series, chapters to books and national publication articles across the United States. As a testament to his success, he was recently named Optometrist of the Year by the Florida Optometric Association in 2022. Previously, he was inducted into the National Academy of Practice in Optometry in 2009 and was named FAER Innovator of the Year in 1994. Dr. Petito is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Looking toward the future, Dr. Petito intends to transition his eye practice to the next generation of practitioners, as well as focus more intently on his writing. He aims to publish several more papers in his field.
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