Early Detection & Treatment of Eye Diseases Reduces Vision Loss by up to 95%
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that Americans age 60 and older have annual eye exams. These routine annual appointments allow us to detect changes to your vision as they happen. The earlier developing eye diseases are detected and managed, the more likely that long-term visual acuity can be preserved.
Dealing With Changes to Eye Health That Occur As We Age
Like the rest of the body, our eyes change gradually over time. The lens becomes less flexible, leading to refractive errors like presbyopia; the lens also begins to become cloudy, leading to cataracts; the cells inside the eye begin to wear down, eventually leading to age-related macular degeneration.
An eye exam from a Schaeffer Eye Center will ensure that your eye health is always managed as needed in order for you to have maximum visual acuity.
17 Convenient Locations Across Alabama
Find us in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Montgomery, & Jemison
Eye care is something we are passionate about, not only because it is our profession, but because preventative eye care is the best way to protect your eyesight. With 17 locations across Alabama, there’s sure to be a Schaeffer Eye Center near you.
Don’t wait until you have noticed a problem before getting an eye exam. Have an annual or bi-annual eye exam to stay on top of your eye health.
Visit one of our 17 convenient locations all across Alabama! Find our locations here.
Preliminary Examination – A comprehensive eye exam includes pre-testing performed by an Optometric Assistant. These tests provide important information about the health, shape, and size of your eyes that the Optometrist uses to look for developing eye diseases, refractive errors, or other concerns.
Please bring your eyeglasses or contact lenses and a copy of your latest corrective lens prescription to the eye exam. We can also test your sunglasses to determine their UV-blocking effectiveness.
This instrument provides a fast and fairly accurate estimation of the shape of your eyes. This gives the Optometrist a good starting point when determining your corrective lens prescription.
Visual field screening
By measuring the scope and quality of your peripheral vision, we can detect defects in your vision as well as screen for certain eye diseases.
Optomap retinal imaging
A high-resolution image of your retina is taken by a specialized camera. Digital retinal imaging has transformed the way we view many eye diseases and is an essential diagnostic tool. It is particularly useful for detecting macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Consultation With Our Optometrist
An eye exam is fast and generally finished within an hour (including preliminary testing). Once your pre-testing is finished, our eye doctor will then perform a few additional procedures and tests. Once complete, we will walk you through the results, any next steps (if relevant), as well as answer your questions.
Tests performed by the Optometrist include:
This test measures your eye pressure, which is a key indicator in the development of some eye diseases (such as glaucoma).
Slit lamp examination
The Optometrist uses specialized equipment to obtain a magnified view of the front of your eyes. This screens for cataracts, dry eye syndrome, and other corneal changes.
This test assess the structures in your eye, including your retina, macula, and optic nerve.
We continuously explore and invest in new technologies that improve the quality and accuracy of our eye exams, aid in testing for eye diseases (such as glaucoma), and treatment options.
By investing in advanced treatments, such as LipiFlow for dry eye, we can improve the quality of life for patients living with chronic eye conditions. We carry a variety of contact lenses suitable for nearly any prescription, including toric and scleral lenses.
Learn more about the integration of technology into our offices here.
Schaeffer Eye Center offers the best selection in distinctive, designer eyewear.
Our design minded eyewear consultants can assist you in finding the best style to offer comfort that meets your lifestyle needs and fashion sense.
We have grown to 18 locations across Alabama by providing quality service to our patients. Not only are we providers for most of the major insurance plans, we can determine the best use to maximize your benefits.
Schaeffer Eye Center believes in giving back to the community. This belief is demonstrated by current and past support in numerous community organizations.