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Pediatric Myopia Control

Are you concerned that your child is getting more and more nearsighted every year? Are you really nearsighted and don’t want that for your child? There are now special contact lenses that have been shown to slow the progression of myopia considerably!* High myopia increases your risk of retinal detachments, tears, glaucoma and other retinal problems.   Pediatric Myopia Control – FAQ 1. What is myopia? Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a common refractive error of the eye. Most myopia occurs […]

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VisionFirst 15th Anniversary – 15% OFF LASIK

Happy 15th Anniversary to VisionFirst 15% OFF LASIK for 15 Years with VisionFirst Are you tired of the love / hate relationship with your glasses or contact lenses? It’s time to break that chain by having iLASIK. There’s no better time than now since we are offering 15% OFF LASIK to celebrate VisionFirst being in business for 15 years. VisionFirst started out in 1997 with one location in Trussville, but over the years we have expanded to Alabaster, Homewood and […]

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Prevention Starts with Awareness: Glaucoma Awareness Month

  January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and at Vision First, we want to keep our patients (and non-patients!) informed of this dangerously quiet disease. It is estimated that 60 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with or are living with glaucoma, with that number expected to rise in 2017. Because the signs of glaucoma are hard to detect, around half of those who suffer from the disease are unaware they even have it. Though there is no known cure for […]

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No More Reading Glasses?

Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay Vision First is proud to be the only practice in Birmingham to offer the Raindrop® near vision inlay to our presbyopia patients. What is Presbyopia? Presbyopia or loss of reading vision inevitably occurs with aging as the lens loses its mobility. As we age, near activities such as sewing, reading, or looking at a mobile device often become more difficult without the use of reading glasses. Many people find themselves holding objects at arms length to […]

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Introducing the iDesign to LASIK Patients

iDesign – Customized Treatment Plan Vision First is happy to announce the addition of the iDesign® wavefront analyzer from AMO-VISX to our practice.  We are proud to be the first in Birmingham to offer this high-definition, advanced technology to our patients.  iDesign measures the internal optics and surface of the eye more precisely than conventional methods.  This precision allows iDesign to create a unique “blueprint” and personalized treatment plan for each eye. This technology is so advanced it is being used […]

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Halloween is a real treat!

  Are You Nearsighted, Farsighted, or Astigmatic? Think how much easier and more fun it would be to do whatever you love to do without the hassles of glasses and contacts. Whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, there’s a good chance you’re a candidate for the iLASIK Procedure. Call us today to learn more about the vision correcting procedure many people have treated their eyes to—the iLASIK Procedure. 

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Two Popular Lifestyle Bloggers on Their LASIK Experience

Lifestyle bloggers now dominate the internet and hold enormous sway over consumers. It is why companies and brands have quickly partnered with suitable influencers who can try their products and share them with their loyal followers. But people look to lifestyle bloggers for more than just fashion advice. They look to them for lifestyle advice, funny anecdotes about how to raise their kids, and personal tidbits that they can relate to their own lives. One topic that a few lifestyle […]

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Preventative Eye Care is the Best Eye Care!

A large part of proper eye care and pediatric eye care is taking preventative measures. Curing a disease or injury may seem like the more impressive side of medicine, but in actuality the kind of preventative care you can take is the best kind of eye care there is. Being mindful of how you treat your eyes in your day-to-day life and making the time to let a professional examine your eyes regularly are vital strategies for protecting your vision, […]

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FALL LASIK

Fall Into LASIK This October!

Fall Into LASIK…. As the leaves fall and the weather cools off, people are updating their autumn wardrobe. What better way to fall into a new look than to be out of glasses! It’s time to declutter and throw away your glasses and contact lenses this season. For the month of October only, you will receive LASIK for $1,500 per eye instead of our $2,100 per eye. Call our surgery coordinator, Jessica now to schedule your FREE LASIK screening with Dr. Carolyn […]

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END OF SUMMER SUNGLASS SALE!

It’s the end of summer and everyone is getting ready for football season. Stop by our Trussville optical to take advantage of 50% OFF sunglasses to complete your fall wardrobe! *Sale only at our Trussville optical. Cannot be combined with insurance. Ends September 30, 2016.

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Protective Eyewear A Large Part of Proper Pediatric Eye Care

  Oftentimes, conversations about pediatric eye care revolve around eye exams, vision tests, and glasses. But an often forgotten area is safety measures and protective eyewear. Children participate in a wide range of activities whether it be organized sports or informal play, and knowing how to best protect one of their most valued organs – their eyes – is essential. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, wearing proper protective eyewear can prevent 90 percent of all eye injuries. In […]

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Don’t Forget Your Child’s Back To School Eye Exam!

  Though it seems as if school just got out, you are probably planning for the start of the new academic year. As you cast a discerning eye around your home to seek out salvageable supplies, don’t forget another important back-to-school must: an eye exam. Annual eye exams are a vital part of pediatric eye care. Poor vision will have a negative impact on your child’s success in school and overall happiness. Taking the time to schedule an eye exam […]

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5 Things Parents Should Know About UV Protection and Pediatric Eye Care

  Summertime brings beach trips and barbecues. With all that additional leisure time comes added responsibility, especially if you have little ones. Whenever children spend an extended period of time outside, it is important to balance fun in the sun with preparation against the sun’s powerful effects. Most parents are on top of the essentials – keep your kids hydrated and slather them in sunscreen – but many are unaware of the importance of UV protection in pediatric eye care. […]

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I’ve Got Astigmatism, Can I Get LASIK?

I’ve Got Astigmatism, Can I Get LASIK? (Spoiler alert: yes) For those of you impatient types who like to skip to the end of an article before reading the beginning, we’ve taken the liberty of answering your most pressing question up front [SPOILERS AHEAD]: Yes, for those of you with mild to moderate astigmatism, LASIK can probably help. With that out of the way, here’s a bit more information. What is astigmatism and why is it so hard to spell? […]

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Father’s Day – 20% OFF Sunglasses

  Need help with ideas for your father’s day gift this year? Look no further…VisionFirst is offering 20% OFF sunglasses at all four locations – Alabaster, Homewood, Pell City and Trussville. Shop our collection of Maui Jims, Costa Del Mar, RayBan and more. Dads, don’t wait for the perfect gift…come pick out your favorite sunglasses yourself! Offer cannot be combined with insurance.

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What Is The Difference Between Standard Cataract Surgery and Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery?

Most folks are terrified of any surgery related to the eye, but modern medicine has become so advanced that cataract surgery is a largely routine procedure. In fact, a patient can have Dr. Mark Bearman or Dr. Sarah Hays remove their cataracts and be out that same day at a surgery center in Alabaster or Birmingham. Both laser-assisted cataract surgery and standard cataract surgery involve three main steps: An incision in the cornea Phacoemulsification Insertion of the new lens Before we work […]

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LASIK Giving Back to Children

VisionFirst Chooses Sight Savers America as its Charity Partner   VisionFirst Eye Center is proud to announce that Sight Savers America, a Birmingham-based nonprofit organization, will be their charity partner again for 2016. This year VisionFirst will donate $50 to Sight Savers America for every LASIK surgery that is performed throughout 2016.  Additionally, the four VisionFirst locations will also be collecting donations from patients and staff members who wish to contribute to this effort throughout the year. The donations received […]

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We offer our patients top-of-the-line eye care

Nearly three million Americans currently report suffering from vision impairment. According to experts, many more may have eye diseases and may not be aware of it. In the age range of 40 or older, 2.7 million Americans have glaucoma and 24.5 million Americans have cataracts. Cataracts affect 68% of those who are 80 or older. With regular eye exams, however, these can be uncovered, and in many cases, stopped or corrected before they cause serious amounts of damage. Dr. Mark […]

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Why iLASIK is better than Traditional LASIK Eye Surgery

Thinking about laser eye surgery, but not sure which one is best for your vision correction? You have options – and some are better than others! By far the most well known refractive surgery is LASIK, a treatment that starts with the creation of a thin flap in the cornea. During a LASIK treatment, a surgeon uses a blade or a laser to reshape the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. The creation of the corneal flap allows […]

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LASIK Holiday Special 2015

LASIK Holiday Special!

Treat yourself or a loved one to improved vision with LASIK this holiday season! We are offering $800 OFF LASIK ($400 per eye) with Dr. Sarah Hays. Call 205.949.2020 to schedule your FREE LASIK screening today as this promotion ends January 28, 2016. Don’t forget to use your Health Savings Account before the end of the year! This promotion can not be combined with insurance or other promotions.    

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Welcome Dr. Sarah Clark

We are excited to introduce Dr. Sarah Clark to our team of doctors. Dr. Clark started practicing at our Pell City and Trussville locations in August 2015. Dr. Clark graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex eye diseases as well as the pre-and post-operative management of a variety of surgical procedures. As part of her training, she completed rotations in Birmingham, Nashville, and Atlanta, in areas including comprehensive optometry, glaucoma, retina, pediatrics, cornea/cataracts, specialty contact […]

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VisionFirst HomeRun Promotion helping Kids See

We were excited to be able to partner with Birmingham Barons again this year to raise $5,000 for SightSavers America. During the 2015 Barons season, we raised donations from our generous patients and staff in addition to our home-run promotion; which we donated $100 to Sight Savers America for the 35 Barons home run at Regions Field. Sight Savers America is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive eye care and services at no charge for under served children in Alabama. The donations received by Sight Savers America was used […]

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MY EYES BURN, STING, AND TEAR

One of the most common complaints to the eye doctor is “my eyes burn, sting and tear”. My question to this patient is “do they feel gritty and sandy”? My first thought is to look for blepharitis. Blepharitis is a longstanding problem caused from an infection of the oil glands and lash follicles that line the lid margin. The lid margin has oil glands that secrete oil to lubricate, making eyes feel moist. If the eyes become dry, they will […]

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BARONS PARTNER WITH VISIONFIRST

During the 2014 season, Barons fans will have the chance to win $100,000 thanks to VisionFirst Eye Center. If a Barons player hits the VisionFirst eyeball target located on the scoreboard, one lucky fan attending the game will take home the grand prize if their name is chosen. Fans will submit entries at Regions Field with an opportunity to donate to Sight Savers America as part of the VisionFirst promotion. VisionFirst will donate $100 to Sight Savers America for every […]

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BACK TO SCHOOL 2015

Now that school is underway, we want remind reminder both parents and teachers that good vision is imperative. A good education for children means good schools, good teachers and good vision. Your child’s eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play. When your child’s vision is not functioning properly, learning and participation in recreational activities will suffer. Our challenge is that your child is not likely to recognize the vision problem or report it. Basic vision skills […]

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DRY EYE SYNDROME: WHEN DRY EYES ARE CHRONIC

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won’t go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome – a condition in which the tears that lubricate and nourish the eye are not being produced sufficiently. Tears serve to keep the surface of the eye moist, smooth and clear, to reduce […]

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