DR. MARLA MOON
Dr. Marla Moon, O.D., F.A.A.O
Education: B.S. Penn State University; O.D. Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Associations and Certifications:
Dr. Moon has been a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA), and the Mid-Counties Optometric Association (MCOS) for her entire professional career. She has served as vice-president and president of the MCOS and Trustee and President of the POA. In addition, she has been a member of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Committee, the Editorial Review Committee, the Motorists Vision Committee, The Nominating and Evaluation Committee, the Interprofessional Relations Committee, the Healthy Persons 2010 and 2020 Committees, the Conference Planning Committee, and the Pediatric Vision Care Committee for the POA. She has completed a 6-year term of office on the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s board of trustees. She has also served on the board of directors of the Penn-Del chapter of the Association of Educators and Rehabilitators of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). Dr. Moon completed 8 years of service on the Pennsylvania State Board of Optometry – 6 of those years as chair of the board. This position was a governor’s appointment and a Senate confirmation. Currently, Dr. Moon serves on the board of directors for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry – serving as chair of the finance committee, examination committee, and on the secretary/treasurer and executive committee for the board.
Dr. Moon has served her community. She has served in several leadership positions including president of the Altrusa International Inc. of Centre County. In addition, she has been a long-time member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Central Pennsylvania Sightloss Support Group. She served a 5-year term on the local State Health Improvement Plan Committee (SHIP) and served for 2 years at the state level on the 2006-2010 plan Advisory Committee. Dr. Moon also founded the annual Give Kids Vision for the Future program in cooperation with the Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) and lectured and participated in the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program at the Penn State University for several years. She has served on the Centre County Community Foundation Board of Directors in addition to their Grants and Development Committees. In addition, Dr. Moon was appointed to the Centre County MS Leadership Council for 2010 and currently serves on the Centre County United Way Women’s Leadership Committee. She is a long-time member of the Centre County Local Children’s Team Committee as well.
Awards and Achievements:
Dr. Moon was awarded the Dr. W. David Sullins Award by the American Optometric Association (AOA) which recognizes an individual Doctor of Optometry who has made significant contributions to optometry and public service involving the InfantSEE ™ program. Her most notable contribution to the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) has been in the development of the POA’s Kids Welcome Here (sm) pediatric vision care campaign. In addition, her peers named her the “OD of the Year” for both the Mid-Counties Optometric Society and the POA. In 1992, she was recipient of the Penn-Del AER Distinguished Service Award. More recently in 2019, Dr. Moon was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Dr. H. Ward Ewalt Meritorious Award by the POA (the organization’s highest award). She is also a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.
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Dr. Moon is a founding partner of Nittany Eye Associates. In addition to her optometric training, she completed specialized residency training in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Rehabilitation Services. She has served as a consultant for 11 years at the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in Wilkes-Barre and has provided consultative services to the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit, the Keystone Central School District, the Mifflin County School District, and the Neurodevelopment Team at the University Hospital and Rehabilitation Center of the Hershey Medical Center. She has also provided consultative services for the Defense Department and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Johnstown and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services. In addition, she has also co-authored a chapter in the newest edition of the premier textbook utilized to train professionals in the vision rehabilitation field – “Foundations of Low Vision” – AFB Press. Dr. Moon recently was a contributing author for the Oxford Press publication – “Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication – Vision and Promoting Health.”