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Getting to Know Dr. Samara Perryman

Family Eye Center is Proud to Welcome our Newest Eye Doctor, Dr. Samara Perryman

Dr. Samara Perryman1) What brought you to this part of Alabama and to Family Eye Center in particular?

First off, the location was one of the key things that brought me to this part of Alabama. I am originally from Birmingham where my family still resides. My husband is from Wilcox County, where his family currently lives. We needed somewhere that would meet in the middle and that is how we decided on Troy, AL. Also, my husband works in the land and timber business for Great Southern Land and we needed a place that met both of our occupational needs.

Secondly, Family Eye Center has a great reputation for being one of the best eye care practices in the state of Alabama. So, when Dr. Dunn and Dr. Hamlin approached me with a position at Family Eye Center, I jumped at the opportunity to work for such a fine establishment.

2) How did you become interested in optometry?

I have been interested in optometry since a young age. I have worn glasses since a very young age and I loved my optometrist Dr. Carrie G. Wolfe, she made eyes fun and interesting. So, having grown up around eye care professionals I knew I wanted to be an optometrist for a long time. I would say my deciding moment was when I was in 10th grade and did my first dissection on a cow eyeball and learned of all the intricate details the eye actually includes.

3) Where did you go to Optometry school?

I attended school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.

4) What do you like most about the work you do?

I love interacting with patients and being able to help people. Being able to provide eye care to the Pike, Crenshaw and Coffee County Areas has been such a blessing and meeting all the residents here has truly been one of my favorite parts of my job.

5) You have taken a particular interest in pediatric optometry. Can you tell us how that came about?

At a young age, I was given my first pair of glasses and I was able to see how much a difference one pair of glasses can make on someone’s life. Seeing those kids faces light up for the first time when they put on their first pair of glasses words can’t even describe what an amazing feeling that gives me.

6) Do you have any specialties or aspects of eye care that you are particularly passionate about?

I am very passionate about being involved with our state association, the ALOA and the ALOA-PAC. I also think it is important to stay involved in the community and have outreach programs to help the public know about eye care and the need for annual eye examinations.

7) What is your favorite piece of optometric technology and why?

My favorite piece of optometric technology is the OCT (optical coherence tomography) because it provides early detection for conditions that without this technology would go undetected. It allows me to give my patients the best care out there, which is what I strive to do every day.

8) What interests or excites you the most in the field of optometry?

The field of optometry is ever changing, therefore there are new advances that come along every day that helps to aid in my patient care. For example, there have been new developments in dry eye treatments and therapies that we have been able to implement in our office that has tremendously helped our patients. The fact that our field is always growing and is never at a standstill is what really excites me about my field of optometry.

9) What trends do you see developing over the next several years in the industry and how do you stay ahead of them?

Some trends I see developing in the next several years will be more advances in dry eye treatment and technology to help our symptomatic dry eye patients. How I plan to stay ahead of the trends is my actively being a part of my state association and by attending continuing education meetings to keep up to date with the new research and studies that have become available.

girl with glasses10) Please share a patient experience that stands out in your mind?

I recently had the opportunity to see a 4-year-old little girl for her first eye examination. She was in need of some glasses so we were able to fit her in her first pair. It was the most rewarding experience to me to get to see her with the glasses at her follow up visit. She hugged my neck and said that she was so happy she could see. Her mom states she never takes her glasses off and states how much she loves the eye doctor now. It is experiences like these that make my job work it and why I love what I do.

11) What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, as well as spending time with my wonderful husband, Calvin and our yellow lab, Cooper. I am also a member of Southside Baptist Church and love attending and serving with my church family. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as deer and dove hunting, as well as crafting and decorating.