The experienced ophthalmology specialists at UAB offer patients the most advanced vision care available. This means having the knowledge and expertise to identify any problem as well as the advanced training necessary to deliver cutting-edge treatments for eye diseases. From highly specialized eye surgery to fitting you for your first pair of contact lenses, UAB provides comprehensive services for all your vision needs.
Many people need corrective lenses for near- or far-sightedness, while others need the help of specialists for eye disease or trauma. Early detection can prevent many eye conditions from progressing to permanent loss of eyesight. In the case of trauma, immediate treatment or surgery can help preserve as much vision as possible.
The services we provide and the conditions we treat include:
- Macular Degeneration
- Cataract Surgery
- Common Eye Conditions in Children
- Contact Lens Fittings
- Cornea and External Disease
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Driving Assessment for Visual and Cognitive Impairment
- Dry Eye
- Eyelid Disease/Eyelid Problems
- Eyelid Lifts
- Eye Trauma
- Floaters and Flashers
- Graves Disease
- Laser Cataract Surgery
- Lazy Eye, Droopy Eye, and Crossed Eyes
- Loss of Vision, Low Vision, and Double Vision
- Ocular Inflammation
- Optic Nerve Disease
- Refractive Surgery
- Retinal Issues
- Thyroid Eye Disease
Callahan is the only full-service facility in Alabama specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of the eye and one of only a few worldwide that is entirely devoted to advancements in ophthalmology. That reputation is supported by 16 operating rooms dedicated to eye surgery and a 24/7 eye emergency room that is the region’s only Level I Ocular Trauma Center. More than 11,000 surgeries are performed at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital each year, and we conduct more reconstructive eye procedures than any other facility in the world.
Our facility is home to more than two dozen ophthalmologists, many of whom are named among the top doctors in their fields nationally. Callahan is widely recognized for excellence in patient care, having consistently earned prestigious awards from health care consulting group Press Ganey, and in 2017 Callahan was named as one of the “100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Callahan also is known for pioneering developments in surgical instruments, devices, and procedures used by ophthalmologists across the globe. As part of the UAB Medicine academic medical center, Callahan is actively involved in ongoing research and clinical trials. Many of our ophthalmologists have received funding from prestigious research organizations and institutions and collaborate in clinical care to bring the latest in scientific discovery to our patients.
Images and Videos
Advice for Contact Lens Wearers
The Red Eye: What Primary Care Physicians Need to Know
See how UAB’s Bioptic Driving Program is paving the road for those who are severely nearsighted to get behind the wheel safely.
Giving Patients Freedom to Drive
To Dustin Jones, the bioptic driving program at UAB provides one very important benefit: freedom. He has a congenital eye disease called optic atrophy which had prevented him from getting a driver’s license at age 16. Jones got his driver’s license at 19 with the aid of a bioptic telescope and the UAB Driving Assessment Clinic in the Department of Ophthalmology.
Improving the detection of glaucoma
Glaucoma is a silent disease. It does not hurt, symptoms are slow to develop, and most people do not notice any loss of vision until it is too late. A project by ophthalmologists at UAB are examining whether a partnership with community-based optometrists will improve detection and treatment of glaucoma, especially for high-risk populations.
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital helped save a young baseball player’s career and, most importantly, his sight.
Baseball Eye Injury
College baseball player Meade Kendrick was nearly blinded by a batted ball during a practice drill. The ball hit directly on Kendrick’s left eye resulting in a severe closed-globe injury to the eye. See how Meade's vision was restored by UAB Ophthalmologist Doug Witherspoon, M.D. at the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
After being hit in the eye with a bottle rocket, Dianne Peterson underwent sight-saving surgery at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
Fireworks Eye Injury
Dianne Peterson was just a bystander when a firework hit her in the eye on July 4th. The damage to her left eye was severe. Instead of celebrating, she had eye surgery at midnight. See her story of caution.
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital 50th Anniversary
Since 1963, the nation has looked to UAB Callahan Eye Hospital for innovation and breakthroughs in sight restoration, and we've delivered. We invite you to take a look at our story as it unfolds through the eyes of so many who have helped write it in our video tribute titled "50 Years In Sight."
Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Removal
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital offers a new surgery to remove cataracts and correct astigmatism using a refractive laser, which offers increased precision while eliminating the use of a blade. Watch the video and see the difference laser cataract surgery can make in helping you see more clearly, again.
Learn about fireworks eye safety from Dr. Jay McCollum, Director of Emergency Services and Ocular Trauma at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
Fireworks Eye Safety on Fox 6 WBRC
The eye is the second most injured part of the body in firework accidents. Learn about fireworks eye safety from Dr. Jay McCollum, Director of Emergency Services and Ocular Trauma at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
Watch the ABC 33/40 Focus at 4 segment with Edward Burch and Pam Huff about UAB Callahan Eye Hospital's 50 Year Anniversary.
Callahan on ABC33/40
Edward Burch and Pam Huff with ABC 33/40 feature the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital's 50th Anniversary in a Focus at 4 segment. Learn how one man's vision is still in focus today as the Callahan Eye Hospital remains Alabama's only dedicated eye hospital performing more than 10,000 surgeries each year.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials