DoctorsLernik Torossian, OD, FAAO

Lernik Torossian, OD, FAAO

Title: Chief, Optometry Service, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, USC Department of Ophthalmology

Department: Ophthalmology

Clinical Specialty: Visual Evaluations and and Vision Therapy

Treatment Expertise: Amblyopia, Pediatric Optometry, Strabismus, Convergence Insufficiency, Sports Vision, Contact lenses for Presbyopia, General Optometry

Certification: Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)

Languages: English, Armenian

Location: Los Angeles

Biography and Education


Lernik Torossian, OD, FAAO, earned her Doctor of Optometry degree and graduated with honors in research from the University of California, Berkeley. She has trained at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s pediatric clinic in Florida, served as a U.S. Air Force member at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, and cared for veterans at the Portland veterans affairs hospital. She completed a residency in pediatric optometry and Vision Therapy, where she focused on examinations and long-term care of patients in the areas of sports vision, traumatic brain injury, and binocular vision. Dr. Torossian has actively conducted research from her early undergraduate years at UC San Diego (cancer biology research), to her years at Berkeley (diabetic eye disease), to well into her residency training (pediatric eye disease research). She joins the USC Roski Eye Institute’s list of prestigious Faculty as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology to further pursue advancements in patient care, teaching, and research. Prior to her arrival at USC, she provided a high level of patient care to individuals from all walks of life in a large private practice, while caring for a pediatric population within her own practice.

Dr. Torossian has been recognized nationally with several leadership, service, and clinical honors, and is an active fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She has been elected and currently serves in leadership roles within various local and national organizations to help ensure the best for those in her community and beyond.


  • BS, University of California, San Diego
  • OD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry


  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Maria, CA
  • Veterans Affairs Hospital, Portland, OR


  • Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy, Southern California College of Optometry, Marshal B. Ketchum University


Professional society memberships:

  • American Academy of Optometry, Fellow, 2012-Present
  • American Optometric Association, 2007-Preset
  • California Optometric Association, 2007-Present
  • San Fernando Valley Optometric Society, President-elect, 2011-Present
  • Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry Section of the AAO, 2012-Present


  • Advocacy Leadership Award: AAO, April 2008
  • NEI T35 Summer Research Fellowship: National Eye Institute, 2008
  • NEI T35 Summer Research Fellowship: National Eye Institute, 2009
  • Travel Grant Essay Winner: The Vision Care Institute, June 2009
  • Student Travel Fellowship: Vistakon. AAO, November 2009
  • Student Research Grant Winner: California Chapter of AAO, May 2009
  • Board Member of the Month Award: UC Optometric Student Association, February 2010
  • Clinical Honors: Meredith W. Morgan University Eye Center, May 2010
  • Shanaz Rafinejad Ophthalmic Award: Meredith W. Morgan University Eye Center, May 2010
  • Optometry Service Award: University of California Berkley School of Optometry, May 2010
  • George I. Deane, Jr., OD, Leadership Award: California Optometric Association, February 2011
  • Graduated with Honors in Research: University of California Berkley School of Optometry, May 2011
  • Michael Rouse Memorial Fund Recipient: Southern California College of Optometry, September 2011
  • 2011-2012 Terrence N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award: American Optometric Foundation/American Academy of Optometry, March 2012
  • Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry (Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry), October 2012


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