I need a patient appointment at the UAB Department of Ophthalmology Clinic. What number do I call?
|For patient appointments, please call (205) 325-8620. For a complete description of our clinical services, click here.|
Where is the UAB Department of Ophthalmology located?
|The administrative offices of the Department, including the Chairman's office, are located on the 6th floor in Suite 601 of the Callahan Eye Hospital. The Department of Ophthalmology is one of 17 clinical academic departments of the UAB School of Medicine. The Callahan Eye Hospital is part of the UAB Health System and is in the center of the UAB medical center campus in Birmingham, Alabama. The hospital is at 700 18th Street South covering the entire block between University Blvd. and 7th Avenue South. We have an attached parking deck for our visitors. Enter the parking deck from University Blvd. For an area street map of our location, please click here.
The Department of Ophthalmology has seven clinic locations. For a detailed list of our clinic locations, click here.
I have an eye condition and am interested in participating in clinical trials and other clinical studies. How do I find out if you have studies open for patient enrollment?
|We appreciate all inquiries about participation in our research projects! Click here for a list of studies with ongoing enrollment. Or, phone us at (205) 325-8616 if you prefer.|
What is an ophthalmologist? What is an optometrist? What is an optician?
|An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine specializing in the anatomy, function and diseases of the eye. Ophthalmologists are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research into the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems. Ophthalmologists attend four years of medical school and one year of internship, and then spend a minimum of three years of residency (hospital-based training) in ophthalmology. During residency, ophthalmologists receive special training in all aspects of eye care, including prevention, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye conditions anddiseases. Often, an ophthalmologist spends an additional one to two years training in a subspecialty, that is, a specific area of eye care (for example, retinal diseases, glaucoma or pediatric ophthalmology.) Most ophthalmologists are board certified. A board certified ophthalmologist has passed a rigorous two-part examination given by the American Board of Ophthalmology designed to assess his/her knowledge, experience and skills. For more detailed information on the profession of Ophthalmology, click here.
An Optometrist is an independent primary health care provider who examines, diagnoses, treats, and manages diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures. Among the services optometrists provide are prescribing glasses and contact lenses, rehabilitating the visually impaired, and diagnosing and treating ocular diseases. Professional Optometric Degree programs are courses of study leading to a doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree. Doctors of Optometry must successfully complete a four-year accredited degree program at one of the schools or colleges of optometry. Most students accepted by a school or college of optometry have completed an undergraduate degree. In order to practice optometry, you must be state licensed. All states require graduation from an accredited professional optometric degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. In most states the written examination has been replaced with the examinations that are given during the student's academic career by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. For more detailed information on the profession of Optometry, click here.
An Optician is a professional who fits and dispenses eyewear directly to the consumer. They analyze and interpret prescriptions written by ophthalmologists or optometrists to determine which eyeglasses are best suited to the patient's lifestyle and visual needs. The optician takes eye measurements to insure proper lens placement in the eyeglasses' frame and verifies the accuracy of the finished product. He/she also may manufacture (grind) lenses from raw materials and cut them to fit into the frame. Opticians may hold an associate opticianry degree or may have apprenticed for a required number of hours. In most states that require an optician to be licensed, candidates must pass an examination given by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO). Some states also require that candidates pass a state board exam. For more information on the optician profession, click here.