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The Perfect Frame for Your Face

After you received a comprehensive eye exams from any Schaeffer Eye Center office, your next stop is choosing the perfect frame for your new prescription.

Before frame selection, think about the shape of your face. The three most common face shapes are round, oval and oblong. Follow this guide for selecting a frame that best suits your face:

Round: An angular, narrow frame with a clear bridge will help will help lengthen the face and widen the eyes.

Oval: To keep a natural balance, the best frame is as wide as than the broadest part of the face. The most popular frames are geometric shapes such as squares or rectangles.

Oblong: Frames that have more depth than width will make the face appear shorter and wider. Also try decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face or a law bridge to shorten the nose.

At Schaeffer Eye Center you never have to compromise between style and function. Our seasoned opticians will assist you in finding a frame you will enjoy wearing, taking into consideration all aspects of your features and personal style. When it comes to style, Schaeffer Eye Center offers the best in eyewear to fit everyone’s budget. For more information on our eye care services, visit us online or call (877) 223-9776.

Do You Have a Refractive Error?

Are you having problems with vision focus? Refractive errors can affect both children and adults causing a variety of problems that require professional eye care. The most common refractive errors are hyperopia, myopia, presbyopia and astigmatism.


Hyperopia, which is commonly known as farsightedness, makes it difficult to focus on objects that are close by. Hyperopia causes the light to focus behind the eye instead of directly on the retina. This condition is usually inherited and occurs because the eye is too short. Although most people do not even notice they have a refractive error, hyperopia can become more severe over time. Your eye doctor can give you glasses or contacts to correct the refractive error and give you the ability to see clearly.


Myopia, or nearsightedness, makes it difficult to focus on objects that are far away. This condition causes the light to focus in front of the retina because the eye is too long or the eye does not curve properly. Myopia can be mild enough to make someone need glasses to see far away objects. If a person has severe myopia, though, he or she might need to wear glasses or contacts at all times.


This condition develops as the eye ages and affects the way a person can focus on close up objects. When the lens can no longer change shapes efficiently, it cannot properly focus the light.


People with astigmatism now have more options now than ever for correcting their vision. This condition develops because the light cannot focus evenly across the retina. If your vision appears blurry or stretched out, you should schedule an appointment with an eye care professional.

For more than 30 years, Schaeffer Eye Center has been Alabama’s leader in vison care. Whether you need a comprehensive eye exam or treatment for an eye condition such as cataracts, our team is here to ensure that you get the treatment you need. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (888) 987-2020.

What to Expect at a Contact Lens Exam

For decades, contact lenses have allowed countless individuals to enjoy clear vision without the need for eyeglasses. Whether you are a longtime glasses wearer who wants a change, or you are new to experiencing vision problems, an eye doctor in Hoover can help you find lenses that best meet your needs. A contact lens eye exam typically involves the following steps:

Vision Tests

Before you and your eye doctor discuss contact lenses, he must first assess the nature of your vision problems. This part of your examination typically includes a series of tests to determine the presence of a refractive error, as well as any other eye conditions. For instance, if you suffer from dry eye, it may impact your ability to wear contact lenses. If you have generally healthy eyes and are eligible for contacts, your eye doctor can then move forward with fitting you for your lenses.

Eye Assessment

Contact lenses fit over the corneas of the eyes. To ensure your best vision, your lenses must make proper contact with your eye surfaces. Your eye doctor can take precise measurements of your corneas to determine the size and curvature of your contacts. He might also size up other structures such as your irises or pupils before selecting the contact lenses that match your anatomical needs.

Lifestyle Questions

People with active lifestyles often prefer contact lenses to eyeglasses. While an important consideration, activity level is only one factor when determining the contact lenses that are right for you. During your eye exam, your eye doctor may ask about other daily habits as well. For instance, will daily cleaning of your contact lenses fit in with your normal routine? If not, you may be more suitable to disposable contacts that do not require as much maintenance.

Ready to see how contact lenses can transform your vision? Then call Schaeffer Eye Center at (888) 987-2020 for an eye exam and consultation with one of our eye doctors. We can help you select the vision aids that will both simplify and enhance your lifestyle.

The Dilated Eye Exam

A comprehensive eye exam in Hoover often includes dilation of the pupils to look for specific eye conditions. This video discusses the vision problems that an eye doctor can find during dilation.

Eye doctors can more easily evaluate the posterior structures of the eyes with pupil dilation. At the back of the eye reside both the retina and optic nerve. The retina is the structure at which light rays converge, but damage to it can cause blindness. During an exam, an eye doctor can look for signs of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, conditions that can harm the retina. He can also look for symptoms of glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve.

Schaeffer Eye Center offers dilation services during our eye exams so that you can receive the highest level of care. To schedule an appointment, call (888) 987-2020.

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