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About Callahan and the Department

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.

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