Salem doctor leads state optometrists

SALEM — A Columbiana County eye doctor now has a new title.

Dr. Rebecca Brown was selected as the president of the Ohio Optometric Association at the internationally recognized East West Eye Conference.

“It really is a great honor to serve my profession and the many people receiving our vision services in this manner,” stated Brown. “It is a blessing to be able to help people in our community every day, but it is very meaningful to be able to influence and help legislators understand issues important to saving vision.”

Brown has also served in the Ohio Optometric Association as a zone governor, trustee, and several officer positions. She was selected to her new role by a unanimous vote.

In April, Brown will be leading dozens of Ohio optometrists to the Ohio Statehouse for a day of advocacy. They will be helping state legislators learn the best ways to help Ohioans preserve and maintain their vision.

She has practiced optometry in the Salem area for 13 years and completed a residency with the Veterans Administration. She received her doctorate from the Southern College of Optometry and Bachelor of Science from John Carroll University. She is a graduate of Salem High School.

Brown volunteers for InfantSEE, Vision USA, and Realeyes Save Our Sight Classroom Initiative.

The mission of the Ohio Optometric Association is “to promote high quality optometric care for the residents of Ohio, and advance the profession of optometry, serve as an advocate for patients and members, and serve as the principle resource for public health information regarding the eyes and vision.”

Brown practices at Essential Vision Care in Salem, and resides locally with her husband and two sons. She is an active member of the Salem Junior Mothers’ Club, Kiwanis Club of Salem, and the Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship Board.