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About Callahan and the Department of Ophthalmology

For more than 50 years, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital and the UAB Department of Ophthalmology have focused on delivering innovative eye care and pioneering breakthroughs in the preservation and restoration of eyesight. We are closely aligned, and together we are committed to making a difference in the eye health of our community, the state, and the country.

One of the few facilities in the world entirely dedicated to advancements in ophthalmology, Callahan is recognized nationally and internationally for outstanding patient care, treatment of eye trauma, and crucial research in eye disease. Along with the UAB Department of Ophthalmology – Alabama’s only accredited ophthalmology training program – we educate the next generation of ophthalmologists and serve both patients and the field of ophthalmology by translating knowledge from the bench to the bedside.

Callahan Eye Hospital is among the busiest eye care centers in the United States and one of only two Level 1 Ocular Trauma Centers with a 24/7 eye emergency department. We perform more than 11,000 surgeries annually in our nine operating suites, while our Lions Eye Clinic provides eye care services to underserved patients. Callahan Eye Hospital Clinics operates seven locations across the greater Birmingham area, which offer timely access to UAB ophthalmologists and are backed by the same advanced technology and research insight that sustain Callahan’s international reputation. From basic eye exams and corrective prescriptions to cataract surgery and treatment for chronic eye conditions, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital Clinics serve the community with sophisticated, specialized care in a friendly environment.

Our physician faculty members represent every subspecialty of ophthalmology, enabling us to deliver comprehensive care to our patients. Our highly skilled clinicians have pioneered the development of numerous surgical instruments, devices, and procedures that are used by ophthalmologists around the globe. In addition to our physician faculty, the UAB Department of Ophthalmology includes a team of innovative, effective clinical and basic research scientists. In 2015, Callahan Eye Hospital was recognized with two important national awards from Press Ganey, the national health care consulting and research firm that administers HCAHPS and CAHPS surveys for Callahan and compiles the data gathered. Callahan earned the 2015 and 2016 Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award for maintaining consistently high levels of achievement for patient experience. We also received the 2015 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award, which honors Callahan for reaching the 95th percentile in employee engagement.

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