Eye care professionals at Family Eye Center specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our Luverne & Troy Eye Doctors:
Dr. Allen Dunn is a native of Troy graduating from Charles Henderson High in 1976. He attended the University of Alabama Birmingham on an academic scholarship graduating in 3 years with honors. He then entered the School of Optometry at the University of Alabama Birmingham graduating with honors in 1983. His professional affiliations and memberships are numerous and include the American Optometric Association, Alabama Optometric Association, Southern Council of Optometrists, and Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Dunn currently serves as president-elect of the Alabama Optometric Association.
Dr. Dunn is happily married to his wife Gayle, an optometric technician, and together they founded Family Eye Center of Troy in 1984. They have overseen the growth of the practice from a small, single doctor office to one of the largest and most advanced private optometric practices in the state by providing the absolute best eye care and eyewear available. The Dunn’s have 3 children, Morgan, Betsey, and Kiley and recently celebrated the arrival of their first grandson, Gabriel. They are members of First Baptist Church of Troy where Dr. Dunn serves as a deacon.
Dr. Dunn’s professional interests include advanced contact lens designs, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and dry eye. He is a licensed pilot and his personal interests include flying, sports, hunting and spending time with his family.
Dr. David Hamlin joined Family Eye Center in 1998 after graduating with a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Prior to that, he attended Troy State University where he received his BS in biology in 1993. He is a Methodist preacher’s son and is a native of Roberta, GA.
As a professional, his activities and affiliations are numerous. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Alabama Optometric Association, Southern Council of Optometrists, and the Southeast Alabama Optometric Zone. In the past, he has served on the Alabama Board of Optometry during the years 2003-2006. His professional interests include dry eye treatment, sports vision, and pediatric vision care. Dr. Hamlin was voted Best Optometrist in the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Locally, Dr. Hamlin is a member of First Baptist Church of Troy. When not at the office, his interests include sports, hunting, fishing, singing, and spending time with his family. He has three children and lives in Troy with his wife Tonya.
Dr. Mary Kate Moring joined Family Eye Center in 2013. She holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Prior to her education there, she attended Auburn University where she received her BS in Biomedical Science. She is a native of Dothan, AL.
Professionally, Dr. Moring was inducted into the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society and is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Alabama Optometric Association. Committed to social advancement, you will find her involved in multiple community service projects and groups including the Pike County Young Professionals, Leadership Pike and Troy Junior Women’s League.
Dr. Moring lives in Troy with her husband Jason Moring. They attend Troy Church. She spends her free time enjoying Lake Eufaula, working on do-it-yourself projects, and being with her family.
Dr. Lorie C. Woods has been practicing optometry for over 30 years. She and her husband and optician, Rick founded Enterprise Optical in 1986. After completing her B.A. in English and History from Mississippi University for Women, she went on to earn a double Master’s Degree in English Education and the Teaching of Reading, and then received her Doctorate of Optometry from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. There, she found her love of general optometry, truly enjoying helping her patients to have the best eyesight possible.
Growing up in the small town of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, her father was an optometrist in their hometown, while her mother was an English teacher at the school she attended. She and her two sisters were students of their mother for 7th grade English
Dr. Woods was debating between the study of optometry and teaching for several years before starting optometry school. “After teaching school for 6 years I realized that education was not my forte, and that the field of optometry was where I belonged. I love everything about my profession!” Dr. Woods enjoys building long-term relationships with her patients while focusing on the fastest and best results for each patient.
When not in the office, Dr. Woods enjoys reading and collecting books. “I have also become an avid Kindle reader. In recent years, I have discovered garage sales and most Saturdays you will find me out and about at local garage sales. I also sell many of my finds on Ebay. I enjoy baking and cooking when I have time. Also, we have fallen in love with extreme northeastern Ohio. We spend time every summer and fall on the shores of The Great Lakes.” says Dr. Woods. She also loves spending time with her husband of 43 years, Rick, and their two married daughters and their families, and especially her grandchildren. “I love Alabama and the people here,” comments Dr. Woods, “It is important to me that my patients and I have good communication and that they always feel at ease when they are with me. I am completely dedicated to my patient’s vision, eye health and their overall wellbeing.”
Dr. Samara Perryman completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Auburn University. She went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she won the 2017 Alabama Optometric Association Leadership Award and the 2017 Good-Lite Award of Excellence in Pediatric Optometry. She is also a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, the International Optometric Honor Society.
While at UAB School of Optometry, she took a special interest in treatment and management of ocular disease including dry eyes, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration, as well as pediatric optometry. Dr. Perryman is a member of the Alabama Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, and the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Perryman is from Trussville, AL, where she grew up in a close-knit family of four. When not in the office, Dr. Perryman enjoys going to church, spending time with family and friends, hunting, being outdoors, crafting, and spending time with her husband, Calvin, and their yellow Labrador Retriever, Cooper.