The University Optometric Group (UOG) is the faculty practice of UAB Eye Care. 

Learn more: University Optometric Group

University Optometric Group Optometrists

  • Katherine Allison Clore, OD
  • Adam Gordon, OD, MPH, FAAO
  • Nicholas Onken, OD
  • Caroline Beesley Pate, OD, FAAO
  • Andrew Rothstein, OD
  • Mark Swanson, OD, MSPH, FAAO
  • Katherine K. Weise, OD, MBA, FAAO

UOG patients can make appointments by calling 205-934-5161.

UOG patients can continue to receive care from their current optometrists and can expect to be welcomed and assisted by the same UOG staff. UOG patients now have the increased benefits of additional clinical technology and patient services, such as expanded optical services, expanded contact lens options and on-site access to specialty clinics, such as the Dry Eye Relief Clinic at UAB Eye Care. Patients are also able to request prescription refills through an online patient portal and can utilize electronic medical records.

Free parking is available to patients in a lot adjacent to the UAB Eye Care building. Street parking is also available, and UAB employees may be within walking distance.

UAB Eye Care is the clinical operation of the UAB School of Optometry, which is an integral part of the UAB Medical Center. Our state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary clinic is outfitted with the latest optometric equipment necessary for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of most eye problems. UAB Eye Care clinicians provide comprehensive services for both pediatric and adult patients in a number of optometric subspecialties.

Patient and Visitor Information

  • Emergencies

    If you have an emergency after normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm) or during a holiday, please call (205) 975-2020. You will hear instructions on how to contact the on-call doctor.

    If you call after hours and it is not an emergency, you can leave a message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

  • Fees, Insurance, and Billing

    UAB Eye Care accepts many medical insurance plans, including BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, Medicare, Medicaid and VIVA. We are also a provider for vision plans such as VSP, Southland, Avesis, Superior, and Vision Care Direct.

    Call (205) 975-2020 for more information.

  • Online Patient Registration and Registration Portal

    In order to expedite the appointment check in process, you can register as a UAB Eye Care patient.

    Register as a New Patient

    If you are an established patient, you can access your patient portal.

    Patient Portal

  • Patient Forms
  • UAB Student and Employee Benefits

    At UAB Eye Care, you’re family. We want to be the home for all your eye care needs.

    Benefits for UAB Students

    UAB Eye Care provides exclusive discounts for UAB undergraduate and graduate students. Schedule your visit with us and receive:

    • Waived out-of-pocket expenses up to a total of $30 for an annual comprehensive eye exam
    • Waived contact lens evaluation fee ($40) for patients currently wearing lenses and doing well
    • A 25 percent discount on frames and lenses of eyeglasses and sunglasses (some restrictions apply)
    • A 50 percent discount on all contact lens fitting fees

    Benefits for UAB Employees

    • Employees covered by Viva Health or VSP insurance are eligible to receive an eye exam with copay. We also accept most other insurances. Call for details.
    • Services received at UAB Eye Care are eligible for payroll deduction (excludes UAB Health Services Foundation).
    • Call (205) 934-5668 to receive express appointment services.

    Note: UAB Student and UAB Employee discounts cannot be combined.

  • What to Bring to your Appointment

    In order to help your optometrist assess your general health and the health of your eyes, please bring these items with you.

    • Your insurance card(s)
    • If you need a referral from your primary care physician, you must obtain it before you can be examined.
    • Your driver's license
    • A list of your current doctors
    • A list of any current health problems
    • A detailed list of medications you are taking
    • All eyeglasses and/or your contact lenses, and any previous eye prescriptions from the past two years.

    You may also want to bring a list of questions or problems you may have so that we can answer any concerns during your appointment.

Directions and Parking

UAB Eye Care is conveniently located in the heart of the UAB campus at 1716 University Blvd and offers free, dedicated parking for our clinic’s patients in a lot adjacent to our building. Street parking may also be available, and UAB employees or downtown Birmingham residents may be able to walk to our clinic.

From I-65/University Boulevard intersection: Head north on University Boulevard. Continue north approximately one mile and stay in the left lane. Turn left into our parking lot just before 18th Street South. Press the intercom button at the gate, and tell the operator your name. You will then be given access to the parking lot. Note: Do not take the driveway for parking at the Eye Foundation Hospital, located to the right of the UAB Eye Care driveway.

From Red Mountain Expressway: Exit the Red Mountain Expressway onto University Boulevard heading south. Turn right into our parking lot just past 18th Street South. The parking entrance is the second driveway on the right. Press the intercom button at the gate, and tell the operator your name. You will then be given access to the parking lot. Note: Do not take the driveway for parking at the Eye Foundation Hospital, located to the right of the UAB Eye Care driveway.