We have been Alabama's leader in eye care for more than 25 years. It is our focus on science, style and service that has helped us grow to 15 eye center locations.

Hoover Ribbon Cutting

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A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held during the Schaeffer Eye Center Open House on May 13, 2014 at 1686 Montgomery Highway in Hoover. Shown cutting the ribbon is Dr. Jack Schaeffer as his granddaughter, Edith Kaplan holds the bow. Also shown at the ribbon, from left, are Chamber Board Member Jerome Morgan, Jr., City Council Members Gene Smith, John Greene, Dr. Schaeffer, City Council President Jack Wright, Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey, Councilman John Lyda, Schaeffer family members Justin Kaplan, Dr. Brooke Schaeffer Kaplan, Maddie and Sam, staff Richard Lindell, Dr. David King and Dr. James Begun, and chamber ambassador Chaundra Davis. The are joined on the staircase by dozens of other family members, staff associates, clients, friends, and chamber ambassadors. Schaeffer Eye Center has grown from a tiny office in Hoover in 1978 to the largest independently owned eye-care center with eleven offices in the Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area today. They can be reached at (205) 979-2020 or through their website at www.schaeffereyecenter.com.

Schaeffer Eye Center Presents RetroSpecs & Co. Trunk Show

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Join us for a trunk show to see a large selection of this special eyewear. Schaeffer Eye Center is one of less than 100 locations in the United States to carry RetroSpecs and the only one in Alabama.

Schaeffer Eye Center Colonnade
Tuesday, May 20
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Schaeffer Eye Center Hoover
Wednesday, May 21
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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RetroSpecs & Co. collects, preserves and shares vintage eyewear manufactured during the 1870s-1970s. All frames are hand crafted, registered and unique.

Understanding Laser Vision Correction Surgery

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In the past, poor vision could only be corrected with glasses and contact lenses. New advancements have made it possible to treat the eye to reduce the need of vision correction. Keep reading to learn more about how laser vision correction surgery works and how it could benefit you.

How LASIK Works

The term LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis. This form of vision correction surgery uses laser light to change the shape of the cornea at the front of the eye. By changing the shape of your cornea, your eye surgeon can adjust where light focuses inside the eye. Custom wavefront LASIK takes this correction a step further by correcting higher-order aberrations in the eye, which can affect night vision and contrast vision. The LASIK procedure often takes as little as ten minutes per eye to complete. You can return home immediately after the procedure. Although your vision will be blurry at first, the healing process typically takes around 72 hours.

Conditions LASIK Corrects

LASIK surgery corrects vision problems caused by refractive errors inside the eye: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Nearsightedness occurs when the eye is slightly longer than average, which causes light to focus in front of the retina. Farsightedness is the opposite condition: light focuses behind the retina because the eye is slightly too short. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea itself is highly curved, causing further distortions in vision. This condition may occur in addition to or independently of nearsightedness or farsightedness.

If you’d like more information about custom wavefront LASIK in Birmingham, call Schaeffer Eye Center today at (205) 979-2020. Our board certified ophthalmic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Woolfson, has performed more than 80,000 LASIK procedures and is a pioneer in the field of laser vision correction. You can find out more about vision correction and eye care on our blog.

Using the King-Devick Test for Diagnosing Concussions

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Participating in sports is a fun way to get exercise, and provides valuable lessons in teamwork for teenagers. However, every sport comes with a degree of risk that athletes, coaches, and parents should be well aware of. For example, soccer, football, basketball, and other contact sports carry the risk of concussion.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that is usually caused by a traumatic blow to the head. A concussion may also be caused by a fall or a blow to the body that results in the brain being shaken inside the skull. Upon contact with the skull, the brain suffers a serious injury that could result in a coma or death if left unaddressed. Symptoms of concussion include vision problems like double vision, dizziness, headaches, memory loss and in some cases loss of consciousness.

How does the King-Devick test work?

Unfortunately, concussions are not visible on routine brain scans and must be diagnosed through other means. The King-Devick test only takes a couple minutes, and can be easily administered by a coach or parent on the sidelines. The athlete is given a card with a series of single digit numbers, which the athlete must read in a timely manner. The amount of time and number of errors is recorded and compared against a baseline score obtained prior to any injury. This test is extremely accurate, and has helped thousands of athletes receive the care they need.

When should the test be administered?

The King-Devick test should be administered anytime someone is suspected to have suffered a concussion. If you’re a parent or coach who sees a young athlete suffer a head injury and behave strangely afterward, consider administering the King-Devick test. It only takes two minutes, and is the first step toward ensuring that the young athlete receives prompt medical treatment.

If left untreated, a concussion can cause severe vision problems. To learn more about the King-Devick test and eye care in general, turn to the Hoover vision care professionals at Schaeffer Eye Center. We’ve been providing Birmingham-area residents with prescription glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses for over 30 years.

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