UAB expands vision care services to Sylacauga and Talladega

Vision services backed by UAB’s Callahan Eye Hospital now available in Talladega and Sylacauga.

wade blackstone 2The comprehensive vision care provided by UAB Medicine is now available in Sylacauga and Talladega. J. Waid Blackstone, M.D., has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Callahan Eye Hospital Clinic network of doctors and will see patients at clinics located in those communities.

“I’m proud to join the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital Clinic,” Blackstone said. “I offer a local solution for advanced eye care and a complete range of state-of-the-art services, backed by the broad expertise of UAB Medicine. Patients will also benefit from the depth of groundbreaking vision research at UAB.”

As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, Blackstone conducts routine eye exams and treats a variety of eye conditions including complex diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.

Blackstone, a graduate of the UAB School of Medicine and alumnus of the UAB Department of Ophthalmology residency program, has been in private practice in Sylacauga for 10 years.

The clinic in Sylacauga is at 210 W. Spring Street. The Talladega clinic is at 109 Coosa St. East. To schedule an appointment at either location, call (256) 245-5203. To learn more about the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital Clinic, visit

“We gladly welcome Dr. Blackstone to our practice,” said Christopher Girkin, M.D., EyeSight Foundation of Alabama Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. “He was an outstanding resident and built a thriving practice in the Sylacauga community. By joining the group, Dr. Blackstone is expanding the services offered to patients in his community and will help UAB continue to advance its clinical and educational missions.”