Optometrist has received distinguished awards
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Dr. Duane Mohon knew in fourth grade that he wanted to be an eye doctor when he grew up. He didn’t know exactly what an eye doctor did, but his teacher, Barbara Scruggs, made her health science class so interesting that it affected the youngster to the point of leading him to eventually become an optometrist.

“During that course of study, I learned about the eye, and I was fascinated with God’s gift of sight and the ability to see,” he said. “From the fourth grade on through my undergraduate study at Auburn, I knew that’s what I wanted to be.”

Dr. Mohon began practicing optometry at 801 Memorial Drive In Piedmont in June 1998. He since opened a second office in Heflin. His company, Eye Care Alabama, has 11 employees on staff at the two offices, and he recently welcomed a new doctor to the practice.

In addition to seeing patients in his offices, his practice extends to home care and vision screenings for schools and nursing home resident care. Several years ago he started a program to screen the vision of students in first, third and fifth grades in the Piedmont, Cleburne County and Heflin school systems.

His work and dedication haven’t gone unnoticed or unrecognized. He was awarded the 2013 Alabama Optometric Association (ALOA) Optometrist of the Year award, as well as the 2013 NSU College of Optometry Alumnus of the Year award. He was also named the ALOA Young O. D. of the year back in 2007.

He said he’s floored by the honors and, at the same time, appreciates them.

“It’s quite an honor and very humbling to be recognized by my peers in the state,” said Dr. Mohon. “It’s a tremendous honor and humbling as well to be honored by your fellow alumni. I am so appreciative of them for recognizing me for achieving something in the profession that I love. Hey, I’m one of these people who, when I get up in the morning, I get to go and do what I like to do. I never go to ‘work’. I get to do what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little fourth-grader. It’s a joy.”

Dr. Mohon received his doctor of optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida where he received honors in low vision care and primary care optometry. He was awarded the Feinbloom Award for excellence in low vision care.

He’s had extensive medical optometry training through his externship at the Eye Foundation Hospital in Birmingham and low vision training through his externship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami.

Dr. Mohon received his undergraduate degree in pre-medical psychology from Auburn University where he was inducted in Psi Chi, the National Academic Society for excellence in psychology.

He served on the Alabama Optometric Association Board of Directors, is past president of the ALOA, and current chair of the Industry Relations Committee for the ALOA. As a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), he serves on the National Third Party Committee which works with current insurance rulings and policies as applied to eye health care.

Dr. Mohon was born in Jefferson County. He grew up and went to school in Carbon Hill where his father was the pastor at the First Baptist Church.

He met his wife, the former Sharon Ann Aultman, in Carbon Hill. Sharon is the secretary for Eye Care of Alabama, Inc. Their children attend Piedmont schools. Megan is a freshman, Mason is in seventh grade, and McClane is in second grade.

Dr. Mohon said he’s happy that his children are going to Piedmont schools.

“It’s a wonderful place to have your kids educated,” he said. “Piedmont’s a great town. We have an excellent school system. People care for one another and have a sense of pride for the school and community. We have a wonderful medical care here, and it’s just a great place to raise a family.”

The eye doctor isn’t all work and no play. He has a number of other interests.

“I like getting outdoors and playing ball with my kids, riding my motorcycle, and doing a little kayaking,” he said. “I like to work in the yard and I also have a little vineyard that I play with.”

Something else he likes is serving on committees and organizations to help improve the communities where he practices and lives.

He is a member of the First Baptist Church, the Lions Club of Piedmont, of which he is past president, the Alabama Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He is also a member of the Cleburne County Extension Service Board and serves on the board of directors for both H.E.A.R.T.s (Helping Every Area Resident to Succeed) in Cleburne County and the Piedmont Educational Trust.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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