Dr. Bohman retires; Morrow Vision welcomes Dr. Matthew Piper
By Taylor Kaser -
Morrow Vision Center is welcoming a new optometrist to the office.
After 35 years practicing optometry at Morrow Vision Center, Dr. Charles Bohman has retired and handed over the reigns of his Mt. Gilead office to Dr. Matthew Piper. With the responsibilities of running a practice behind him, Dr. Bohman looks forward to the boundless opportunities of retirement.
Dr. Bohman’s path to becoming an optometrist first began in the fifth grade. Two successful entrepreneurs came into his elementary school to speak to the students regarding their occupation. One of the men was a trash collector and the other was an optometrist. Noting the success of both individuals, Dr. Bohman decided that when he grew up, he would pursue one of those two occupations.
By the end of high school, he decided on a career in optometry. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1977. After graduating, he taught courses at the university for optometry and technicians. However, with growing family responsibilities, he decided to concentrate his efforts on private practice.
Through networking with his original mentor, the doctor who first inspired him to enter into optometry, he joined the practice of Dr. Roy Miller in Mt. Gilead in 1978. In 1992, due to a increase in patient volume, Dr. Miller opened a different location and Dr. Bohman remained at the location on E. Marion St.
Dr. Bohman said that one of the things he appreciated most about his time practicing was the personal relationships with members of his practice and the surrounding community.
“Being able to help a diverse range of people”, he said, “is the reason why I decided to become a doctor.”
Also, experiencing the evolution of the optometry profession is a fond memory for Dr. Bohman.
“When I first graduated, optometrists weren’t allowed to administer diagnostic drops into patients’ eyes. Today, optometrists can write prescriptions for topical and oral medications and can actively manage patients with glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration. Optometrists are now the primary care gatekeepers in the ophthalmic field.”
One of the most rewarding programs that Dr. Bohman implemented at Morrow Vision Center was performing free examinations for members of the community during tough economic times. To be eligible, patients did not have to clear any financial screening. Dr. Bohman says that he relied on the honesty of patients and was simply grateful for the opportunity to help those in need. He estimates that he examined more than 2,000 patients through the free clinic program.
Retirement for Dr. Bohman will allow him to spend more time with his wife and to travel and explore the world. He already has plans of visiting South Africa and other destinations such as Cuba and Antarctica.
With Dr. Bohman retired, Dr. Piper strives to continue serving the community with the highest level of professional eye care. Dr. Piper, a 1998 Lexington High School graduate, spent time at Morrow Vision Center prior to Dr. Bohman’s retirement.
“Dr. Bohman and I were aware that much work prior to the transition would be necessary in order to ensure a seamless transition. We have reviewed many of the practice’s patient files together and have discussed management options to provide optimal continuity of care,” Piper said.
While in kindergarten, Dr. Piper was diagnosed as being near sighted. Since then, he has annually visited an optometrist to monitor his eye health and prescription.
“After I received my first pair of glasses, I was astounded to observe that trees have leaves!” The impact from that early experience led to his desire to become an optometrist so that he could help others with their visual needs.
Dr. Piper graduated from Alma College in 2002 and The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2006. He and his wife recently had a daughter and they were eager to move closer to family. So he mailed letters of inquiry to optometrists in central Ohio that he believed may be preparing for retirement. Dr. Bohman said he was impressed by the correspondence and their transition plans grew from that initial letter. Although no longer performing examinations, Dr. Bohman will be available as a consultant, utilizing his familiarity with patients, many of whom he’s seen multiple generations of their family.
Dr. Piper is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and has continued Morrow Vision Center’s Lions Club program. He’s enthusiastic about becoming a member of the community and working with the local medical practitioners. He looks forward to utilizing the practice’s modern technology, including an automated visual field machine and a retinal camera.
“What impressed me most about Dr. Bohman and the staff of Morrow Vision Center was the level of professionalism and the attention to detail,” he noted.
Looking toward his future, Dr. Piper said, ”Dr. Bohman has been a great mentor, and I aspire to continue his tradition of excellence in comprehensive eye care, compassionate eye care, and ophthalmic dispensing.”