The UAB Department of Ophthalmology encompasses state-of-the-art clinical, training, and research facilities, as well as the administrative offices of the Chairman and department faculty. It covers approximately 30,000 square feet within the Callahan Eye Hospital, which is part of the UAB Health System.
The sixth floor of the hospital is devoted entirely to departmental programs, including administrative and faculty offices and the Ophthalmology Services Foundation clinic (the fulltime faculty practice). The sixth floor clinic includes patient care areas for several services including Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cornea and External Disease, Neuro-ophthalmology, Contact Lens, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery and Uveitis. Within this area are 19 examination rooms and a minor surgery room.
The Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation, located on the 4th floor, is a multidisciplinary research and rehabilitation center that provides quality patient care, teaching, and research to advance knowledge in the area of vision rehabilitation. Every year approximately 700 low vision patients receive rehabilitation care in the center.
|Space dedicated to basic laboratory research consists of approximately 5,000 square feet of laboratories in the basement of the hospital, where four faculty members conduct basic research on the mechanisms underlying eye disease. An additional 1,000 square feet of space includes a conference room and a shared equipment facility containing a transmission electron microscope, dark room with enlarger, cryostat, ultracentrifuge, high-speed centrifuge, scintillation counter, speed vac/lyophilizer, and spectrophotometer. Plans are on the drawing board to expand the facilities for the laboratory research program with an additional 10,000 square feet in a neighboring building.|
The Clinical Research Unit, located on the sixth floor adjacent to the Ophthalmology Services Foundation Clinical area consists of the research programs of four faculty members whose activities are devoted to patient-oriented research. These facilities, covering 4,500 square feet, include specialized vision testing suites, an electrophysiology laboratory, patient interview rooms, a fundus photography suite, clinical research staff workstations, a research participant waiting room, a dedicated conference room, and faculty and administrative offices. In addition, the Clinical Research Unit is home to the Clinical Research resource office that provides consultation services to faculty conducting patient-oriented research.
The John E. Meyer Library has supported the clinical care, educational, research and administrative functions of both the Eye Hospital and the UAB Department of Ophthalmology since 1977. Located in Room H-13 the Meyer Library's collection emphasizes clinical ophthalmology with supporting holdings in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, basic sciences, general medicine, and a historical section.