your Vision - comes First

We Specialize in Primary Eye Care, iLASIK and Laser Cataract Surgery in the Birmingham area.

At VisionFirst Eye Center, your vision and eye health is our first priority. Our doctors focus on providing the newest science and technology while applying it to your specific eye care needs.

Since 1997, VisionFirst Eye Center has offered a range of medical, surgical and optical services. Our team has more than 145 years of combined experience servicing the eye care needs of Alabama. Our licensed Board Certified physicians and optometrists are ready to evaluate you at any of our four convenient locations: Trussville, Birmingham, Alabaster and Pell City.


LASIK eye surgery is the world’s most popular procedure to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK can eliminate your dependence on glasses and contacts and improve your vision to 20/20 or better. VisionFirst Eye Center uses the most advanced laser technology to ensure a fast procedure and recovery. Our team of board-certified surgeons provides custom LASIK in Alabama from our convenient eye care centers in Birmingham, Alabaster, and Homewood. Contact us to meet with a LASIK doctor in Alabama to see if you’re a candidate.

VisionFirst is happy to offer the iDesign wavefront analyzer from AMO-VISX in addition to our LASIK eye surgery practices. We are the first practice in Birmingham, Alabama to offer this advanced technology to our patients. The iDesign system measures the internal optics and surfaces of your eyes more precisely than other methods. This level of precision allows the iDesign system to create a “blueprint” unique to each of your eyes, and a personalized treatment plan for each individual eye.

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Cataract Surgery

A cataract is caused by a buildup of proteins in the natural lens of the eye. While most cataracts are age-related, they can also develop after surgery, or as a result of a disease like glaucoma or diabetes. Over time, cataracts cause blurry, clouded, or distorted vision. Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced cataract removal method available. During surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens to restore your vision. Tired of cataracts affecting your quality of life? VisionFirst Eye Center was the first eye care practice to provide laser cataract surgery in Alabama. Contact us to schedule a personalized evaluation for laser cataract surgery in Birmingham, Alabaster, or Homewood.


General Eye Exams

Routine eye exams are essential to identify eye problems, prevent eye damage, and maintain healthy eyesight. A general eye exam involves a series of tests to analyze your vision and check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Your eye doctor may also use special equipment to thoroughly examine your eyes for diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy. VisionFirst Eye Center provides routine eye exams in Birmingham, Alabaster, and Homewood. Contact us today to schedule your exam with a board-certified eye doctor in Alabama.


Optical Shop

VisionFirst Eye Center offers progressive and single vision glasses, prescription sunglasses, safety glasses, and pediatric frames for the whole family. Experience the latest in stylish eyewear with a curated selection of designer frames from Bobbi Brown, Coach, Prada, Gucci, and more. Struggling with frequent eye strain from computers? Try blue light blocking glasses to prevent eye fatigue from digital devices. High-quality lenses, eyeglass repairs, and adjustments are also part of our full-service optical shops in Birmingham, Alabaster, and Homewood.


Pediatric Eye Exams

Eyesight is the foundation for motor development in children crawling, walking, and hand-eye coordination are all dependent on healthy vision. Ensure your child can see properly by scheduling a comprehensive pediatric eye exam. Here at VisionFirst Eye Center, our friendly staff of eye care experts provides pediatric eye exams for infants, toddlers, and grade-school children. A pediatric eye care specialist will examine your child for crossed eyes, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Eye conditions are much easier to treat when they're caught early. Schedule your child's pediatric eye exam at any of our offices in Birmingham, Alabaster, or Homewood.



“I had iLASIK with Dr. Hebson. My experience was one-of-a-kind. The staff made me feel really comfortable. I woke up the next day after my procedure and I opened the window and was able to see my neighbor’s plants for the first time without glasses or contacts.”

Kriztel M.

“It has been just one week after my second surgery for cataracts and I can’t go without posting what a great experience it’s been. I go for my annual check-ups to Dr. McClintock annually. He is excellent. When I was told I needed to have Cataract Surgery I was quite anxious. Dr. Bearman put me at ease and did the surgery. He is great. It’s unbelievable how well I can see. The staff at Vision First Eye Center are very professional. You feel very important as if you are their only patient. Thank you, Dr. McClintock, Dr. Bearman, and staff. You are all awesome. Thank you.”

Janet M.

“Dr. Doss is very friendly and professional as well as the rest of the staff that I have dealt with…all the techs are awesome.. and after there was a problem with my insurance providers I can’t say enough good things about Judy (front desk) and Lauren ( optician )…they worked so hard to get that mess straightened out for me..I have no reason to go anywhere other than vision first in Trussville.”

Ronald L.

“Dr. Doss is simply the best with pediatric eye exams. Kids love her!”

Mandy M.

“After having cataract surgery with Dr. Bearman, everything has been great! He is really good at what he does.”

Gloria N.

“After using Vision First for many years for prescriptions and glasses, I recently used Vision First and Shelby Ambulatory Center with Dr. Bearman for cataract surgery. Result is great clear vision with mixed multifocal lenses perfect for my presbyopia. The experience was customized for my needs and definitely not an ‘in the box’ solution. The staff at Vision First, from checking in at the desk, seeing the staff who do the work ups, thro’ Dr. Bearman’s careful assessment of desired outcomes to Carol who schedules the surgery…all are knowledgeable members of a cohesive team. I am amazed at the way they trust and respect one another. Makes this such a great place for a patient to be in their care. Thank you to each member of the team. Finally, this: Sunrise and sunset are more beautiful than I’ve ever experienced. Glasses at 6 years of age replaced with these new lenses at 66…and I am not wearing glasses to write or post this two days after second surgery. Better than I ever hoped to achieve!”

Christine D.

“Great doctor and staff. They made me feel very much at ease.”

Sandy L.

“My 8 y.o. son and I both saw Dr. Clark [Cleghern] in the Pell City office. Wait time for appt., was 2 days. Everyone in the office from front desk to Dr. Clark, amazingly friendly and very helpful.”

Joanie K.

“My husband and I are very pleased after our visit to Dr. Clark [Clehern] in the Pell City office. She and her staff were very professional and friendly. I always need help picking out new frames and the lady that ordered them was extremely helpful and very patient with me as I probably tried on every pair in the office.”

Tina F.

“The perfect combination of efficiency, expertise, and caring!”

Sheri W.


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