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Our Optometrist Team

Doctor Lippiatt and Doctor Abraham, the optometrists at The Salem Eyecare Center, make it their policy to ensure that all staff members are up-to-date on the latest optometry technology and optometric techniques to make your visit to the eye doctor as comfortable and effective as possible.

Read the profile of our optometrist team to find out more about their certifications and qualifications:


Lorie Lippiatt OD

Dr. Lorie Lippiatt, Optometrist, is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Her extensive clinical experience includes an externship at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio, and the Vision Center of Central Ohio. Additionally, she has devoted much time in the care of nursing home patients and the elderly. Dr. Lippiatt founded The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc., a facility promoting quality eye health care, in August 1989.

In 1995, Dr. Carmela Abraham, a pediatric vision specialist, joined the staff. A complete children’s vision center was developed, offering a child-friendly decor, brightly colored walls and furniture, and playroom. There is a complete line of spectacle frames perfect for infants, as well as the latest in fashion frames for all aged children and teens.

In 2002, Dr. Lorie Lippiatt was chosen as one of three optometric offices in the country to help develop and test an electronic medical records software program. As a leader in technology, she incorporated the most modern technology available. She has authored several articles in professional journals, including “The Hi-Tech Office.” She also conducts seminars at her Salem, Ohio location for doctors from all over the country in the use of electronic medical records, as well as lecturing on medical record keeping all over the country. Leading industry equipment distributors in national advertising campaigns and articles have also featured Dr. Lippiatt.

In 2006, Dr. Lorie Lippiatt was honored as “One of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Optical Industry”.

Enhancements for patients at The Salem Eyecare Center, Inc. include an animated slideshow in the main wellness area, educating patients on eyeglass features, health issues, and eye health procedures. Dr. Lippiatt incorporates digital refraction equipment, which is the most technological and accurate method of measuring a patient’s prescription for glasses. The OptoMap retinal examination uses technology to provide the doctor with the most comprehensive view of the back of the eye. This retinal scan provides an annual permanent record for the medical file, allowing comparisons for tracking and diagnosing potential eye-threatening disease. Imaging capability was added to allow the most advance diagnosis and management of eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. Photography for the front of the eye allows the doctor to follow the progression of lesions on the eyelids, cornea, and conjunctiva.

At the Salem Eyecare Center, Inc., Dr. Lippiatt has incorporated her technology expertise to “tie together” all the instrumentation into the electronic medical record. You can be assured there will not be any missing information, charts, or images. Dr. Lippiatt has truly established the standard for a “technology integrated practice”.


Carmela Abraham OD

Dr. Carmela Abraham, Optometrist, is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She completed an externship at the Veteran’s Hospital of Columbus, Ohio and has written articles for local newspapers on eye health.

Dr. Abraham’s interest lies in behavioral optometry, which covers the development of functional vision and how it relates to learning. “Seeing” is only 1 component of vision, you must be able to receive the information, process it, and then communicate through your visual, auditory, motor, and language skills. Since 90% of learning is through the visual systems, this input system is a critical component to development.

The Salem Eyecare Children’s Center is dedicated to providing your child with a thorough learning-related examination. Dr. Abraham tests all aspects of vision to ensure you have the whole picture of the visual system, not just sight. She regularly attends continuing education seminars to provide the most comprehensive eye care, including detection and treatment of eye disorders.

Dr. Abraham is active with the Canfield Lions Club and New Waterford Lions Club with whom she conducts vision screenings for kindergarten, first, and third grade students at several local schools. Recently, she has been awarded the Lion of the Year, Knight of the Blind, and Melvin Jones awards for her service to the community. These volunteer services reach more than 1000 students annually.

Sports Performance Vision

We are happy to announce the addition of Sports Vision Testing to the services we offer. Utilizing the Professional Sports Vision Testing System, Dr. Abraham will test sport-specific visual skills, then compare your results to those of professional athletes. The test provides information on improving your abilities to give you that competitive edge that serious athletes require to perform at elite levels. A complete Sports Vision Examination is also offered to measure various performance-based skills indepth. Vision in the areas of contrast sensitivity, depth perception, dynamic visual acuity, speed of recognition, eye hand coordination, and peripheral awareness are investigated and may be improved through performance lenses or vision training.