Dr. Straut earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Grove City College, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, graduating with honors with his Doctorate of Optometry. While at Nova Southeastern, he earned numerous academic awards. A member of Beta Sigma Kappa, an international Optometric academic fraternity, Dr. Straut focused his extracurricular hours on research and community service. Dr. Straut is a member of the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Straut enjoys listening to music, cooking, and working with his hands in his garage. Dr. Straut also enjoys playing soccer, having spent four years coaching a Western Pennsylvania high school soccer team to their District Championship each year under his leadership. Above all else, Dr. Straut enjoys spending time at home with his wife and family.
Dr. Straut was born in Virginia and was raised in the beautiful countryside of West Virginia. Dr. Straut enjoyed camping, hunting, and playing soccer while growing up. Dr. Straut met his beautiful wife in school, and they have been happily married for over nine years. He and his wife, a Physical Therapist, moved to Melbourne in 2012, where they enjoy raising their toddler, Luke, in such a great family town.
“I have a particularly strong interest in helping patients with retinal diseases, including macular degeneration and diabetic eye diseases, providing low vision care, contact lens fittings, dry eye management, post-surgical care and emergency eye care.”
Coming from South Florida, my wife and I looked forward to our move to Brevard County. We really enjoy the safe, friendly environment that Melbourne provides. This is an ideal place to raise a family, and we absolutely love living here. We feel truly Blessed and are excited to be able to serve our community as medical professionals.
I believe that the clinical outcomes are most successful when patients are closely involved in their own care. I pride myself on doing all that I can to clearly communicate my findings and plan of care to my patients to help each of them achieve the greatest possible benefit from each examination, test, and procedure I perform. I treat my patients as I would my own family.
“Dear Dr. Straut
I didn't want the chance to pass without telling you 'Thank You' for your patient and understanding help recently. My last visit yielded very good results for me. I was able to break the dependency on an old pair of glasses and now I can see very good without any eye strain...a priceless outcome for me since, for reasons I'll never know, am very sensitive to any prescription change. See you next year."