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3428 Old Columbiana Rd Birmingham AL 35226 (205) 824-7171
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2550 Eastern Blvd Montgomery AL 36117 (334) 274-2020
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4800 Whitesburg Dr S #26 Huntsville AL 35802 (256) 213-2020
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105 Brookridge Dr Madison AL 35758 (256) 325-9465
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445 Providence Main Street NW Huntsville AL 35806 (256) 722-5425
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1701 McFarland Blvd East #121 Tuscaloosa AL 35404 (205) 462-2020
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1686 Montgomery Highway Hoover AL 35216 (205) 979-2020
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3431 Colonnade Parkway Birmingham AL 35243 (205) 967-2020
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4647 US-280 Birmingham AL 35242 (205) 995-2020
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2019 Highland Ave S Birmingham AL 35205 (205) 328-2020
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Mt Brook Plaza, 2737 US-280 Mountain Brook AL 35223 (205) 802-2020
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2000 Cahaba Rd #100 Birmingham AL 35223 (205) 870-3937
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1536 Montclair Rd Irondale AL 35210 (205) 599-2020
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2100 Bessemer Rd Birmingham AL 35208 (205) 786-2020
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129 North Chalkville Road Trussville AL 35173 (205) 445-2020
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3143 Pelham Pkwy Pelham AL 35124 (205) 987-2020
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9709 Parkway East Ste A&B Birmingham AL 35215 (205) 836-2020
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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy Can Cause Serious & Irreversible Vision Loss

Visit Us For Effective Diagnosis, Treatment, & Management

Over 80% of people living with diabetes for 20 years or longer will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy. This disease, which only affects people with diabetes, is one of the leading causes of vision loss in the world. Caused by high blood sugar and blood pressure levels, diabetic retinopathy is a very real concern for long-time sufferers of diabetes.

People living with diabetes should have an eye exam performed every year to ensure that their eyes remain in optimal health.

The Importance of Preventative Eye Care

Keeping Your Vision Strong & Healthy

An annual eye exam is an easy way to stay on top of your eyes. By monitoring changes to your eye health closely, we preserve visual acuity and keep your vision strong and healthy.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

Another Cause of Vision Loss for People Living With Diabetes

About half of people with diabetic retinopathy will also develop diabetic macular edema (DME). DME is when fluid accumulates on the macula, obscuring vision. The fluid originates from weak blood vessels in the eye and can contribute to vision loss.

Schedule Your Eye Exam Today

With 17 locations all across Alabama, there’s sure to be a Schaeffer Eye Center near you. Find our locations or request an appointment online.

Signs of Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed during a dilated eye exam. During this exam, your eyes are dilated using special eye drops that allow our Optometrist to get a clear view of the back of your eye.

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy
Symptoms of diabetic macular edema
Four stages of diabetic retinopathy

Treating & Managing Diabetic Retinopathy & DME

Lifestyle matters – Many studies have shown that lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise, play a big role in the development of diabetic retinopathy. We work with our patients to create a sustainable lifestyle that helps manage the development of retinopathy.

Laser treatment – Focal/grid macular laser surgery is an option to address damaged blood vessels. The laser makes hundreds of small, precise burns on the blood vessels, sealing them and minimizing how much fluid they release.

Corticosteroids – This treatment is effective at suppressing the development of DME. However, long-term use of corticosteroids has been linked with cataracts and glaucoma.

Anti-VEGF injections – These injections block a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and prevent the development of new blood vessels in the eye. This results in a decrease in fluid released into the retina.

Why Choose Schaeffer Eye Center?

Science

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.

Style

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 offer many exclusive brands, such as Sama, SALT. Optics, Robert Marc, Barton Perreira and l.a. Eyeworks that you cannot find anywhere else in Alabama. We also include collections from Oliver Peoples, Tom Ford, Chanel, Gold and Wood, Freudenhaus, RetroSpecs and many more.

See our brands here.

Service

We have grown to 17 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.