Alabaster, Trussville and Pell City
Dr. Mark Bearman has been practicing ophthalmology since 1989. He sees patients in our Alabaster, Trussville and Pell City offices. He graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in 1984. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was granted a merit scholarship from the state and became a member of the prestigious Tinsley Harrison Society. Dr. Bearman performed his residency in ophthalmology at the Oschner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, where he was chief resident, and a fellowship in oculoplastics in San Francisco, CA. He became board certified in ophthalmology in 1990.
Dr. Bearman has performed more than twenty-five thousand cataract surgeries. He is an experienced ophthalmologist who also performs state-of-the-art vision correction techniques. Dr. Bearman was one of the first surgeons in Birmingham to begin using the ReSTOR lens, a multifocal lens that minimizes the need for eyeglasses for cataract patients and he was the first surgeons in Alabama to perform cataract surgery using the LENSx. Dr. Bearman’s dedication and unique home-like demeanor make his patients feel like members of his extended family. With his passion for the latest technology, the sophisticated expertise of a refractive eye surgeon and extensive experience with the most advanced lasers, Dr. Bearman helps his patients achieve the best vision possible.
Dr. Bearman is a native of Birmingham, and after a long hiatus, returned home in 1997 where he serves as Medical Director at VisionFirst Eye Center. He has been a Clinical Investigator for several research companies, including Alcon Laboratories and Pharmacia. He is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Dr. Bearman and his wife, Jodi, live here in Birmingham. They have four children: a son, Talor, and three daughters, Blayke, Morgan, and Emory.
Dr. Mark McClintock sees patients in our Trussville and Pell City offices. He grew up in South Louisiana and attended Bethel College in Tennessee on a four-year basketball scholarship. He graduated summa cum laude in 1982. Dr. McClintock earned his degree in Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and then completed a residency at the Tuscaloosa Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.
Following his residency, Dr. McClintock joined the staff of the nationally renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami for three years. Bascom Palmer serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida and is recognized as one of the world’s finest and most progressive centers for ophthalmic care, research, and education. His three years at Bascom Palmer have uniquely qualified Dr. McClintock to diagnose and treat a wide variety of eye diseases. Following his training at Bascom Palmer, he spent 12 years as Clinical Director of the Jupiter Eye Center located in Jupiter, Florida. While in Florida, Dr. McClintock served as the team Optometrist for the Montreal Expos.
During his career, Dr. McClintock has co-managed over 20,000 pre- and post-operative cataract surgeries and over 13,000 refractive surgeries. Dr. McClintock became the managing partner at VisionFirst in 2002 and works with his optometric colleagues in north Alabama to design and coordinate VisionFirst’s surgical co-management program.
Dr. McClintock specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases and has over 30 years’ experience with fitting contact lenses. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Birmingham with their two daughters.
Cornea Specialist - Birmingham, Trussville and Alabaster
Dr. Carolyn Hebson is a cornea and refractive trained ophthalmologist, fully trained in all aspects of general ophthalmic eye care and surgery. She further specializes in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of diseases affecting the cornea and anterior segment of the eye. She has many interests including no-stitch cataract surgery, refractive surgery, iLASIK, pterygium excision, management of uveitis and corneal disease, and corneal transplantation surgery. She values long term relationships with her patients and thrives on exceeding their expectations.
Dr. Hebson graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a major in Chemical Engineering. During her Auburn tenure, she was awarded numerous academic engineering scholarships and awards including the Auburn Chemical Engineer of the Year. She was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated with honors from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Hebson then completed an Internal Medicine internship and Ophthalmology residency at the distinguished Emory University, consistently regarded as one of the top residency training programs in the country.
Following residency, Dr. Hebson completed a fellowship in Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive surgery at the prestigious Cullen Eye Institute in Houston, Texas. Under the direction of renowned surgeons, Douglas D. Koch, MD, M. Bowes Hamill, MD, Stephen Pflugfelder, MD, Mitchell Weikert, MD, and Elizabeth Yeu-Lin, MD she gained immense experience in wave-front guided LASIK and PRK, complicated cataract extraction, premium intraocular lenses, corneal transplantation, and management of complex ocular surface and corneal disease.
Prior to moving home to Birmingham, Dr. Hebson performed high volume surgery and treated extensive ocular pathology working for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group in Atlanta. She also routinely instructed Emory residents in the development of their diagnostic and surgical skills.
Dr. Hebson is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She has published and presented clinical research at numerous meetings throughout the country on both corneal and retinal diseases.
Dr. Hebson enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and three children. She enjoys participating in outdoor activities, reading, and watching college football.
Alabaster and Birmingham
Dr. Fred Setzer earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 1975. He served as both Assistant Professor and Director of Continuing Education for the UAB School of Optometry before entering private practice from 1981 to 1991. Dr. Fred Setzer joined Sarah J. Hays, M.D. in 1991 and was Director of The Refractive Surgery Center in Birmingham, Alabama and Assistant Center Director with Birmingham Omega Health Systems, Inc. until 1998. Dr. Setzer joined Montgomery Eye Physicians from 1999 until 2007 and served as the Medical Director of their refractive surgery program.
He is a Fellow with the American Academy of Optometry and a member of both the American Optometric Association and Birmingham Area Optometric Society of Alabama.
Dr. Setzer sees patients at our Homewood and Alabaster offices while seeing pre- and post-surgical patients at the Homewood office.
He and his wife, Nancy, have three children and two grandchildren.
Trussville and Birmingham
Dr. Rebecca Doss sees patients in our Trussville and Homewood offices. Dr. Doss graduated from the UAB School of Optometry. She is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Academic Honor Society and Gold Key International Honor Society for outstanding ethics through leadership in her class and profession. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association, Birmingham Area Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Doss also received advanced training in pediatric eye care from the UAB School of Optometry.
Dr. Doss practices primary eye care optometry for the entire family. She sees patients for complete eye examinations, contact lens fittings, LASIK evaluations and laser cataract surgery pre- and post-operative care.
Dr. Doss volunteers with Cahaba Valley Healthcare, SightSavers America, and the Better Basics, youth literacy program. She is also involved in the InfantSee program, providing comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants in the first year of life regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. Dr. Doss resides in Birmingham with her husband Jon and their three children.
Pell City and Trussville
Dr. Sarah Clark Cleghern sees patients at our Pell City and Trussville offices. Dr. Cleghern’s clinical focus is on the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases, as well as comprehensive eye care for adults and children. She is experienced in providing care for patients with a myriad of conditions, including ocular injuries and infections, cataracts, uveitis, keratoconus, strabismus, amblyopia, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and systemic diseases that can affect the eyes (for example–diabetes, hypertension, and rheumatoid arthritis). She also co-manages patients before and after surgical procedures, such as cataract surgery, eyelid surgery, retina surgery, corneal transplants, and LASIK.
Dr. Cleghern obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Political Science, from Samford University, where she graduated cum laude. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As part of her training, she completed internship rotations in Birmingham, Nashville, and Atlanta, in specialty areas including glaucoma, retina, pediatrics, cornea/cataracts, advanced contact lens fitting (RGPs/scleral lenses), and oculoplastics. After graduating from optometry school, Dr. Cleghern completed a residency in Ocular Disease at VisionAmerica of Birmingham (through UAB).
Through the Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH) and Remote Area Medical (RAM) organizations, Dr. Cleghern has helped provide eye care and glasses to patients in rural areas of Alabama and Tennessee, as well as internationally in Honduras, Colombia, Grenada, and Nicaragua. She was selected for membership in the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society for outstanding leadership and service. Dr. Cleghern continues to volunteer in the greater Birmingham area through Cahaba Valley Health Care.
Dr. Cleghern is a member of the Birmingham Area Optometric Society, the Alabama Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association. She is also actively involved with the Pell City Kiwanis Club. Dr. Cleghern became a Fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Optometry in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband, Trenton.
VisionFirst is extremely excited to introduce the newest member of their team, Dr. Andrew Ho. Dr. Ho specializes in the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases, as well as providing comprehensive eye care for children and adults. Dr. Ho has extensive experience in managing pre and post-operative surgical care including cataract and refractive surgeries.
Dr. Ho grew up in Gadsden, AL and attended The University of Alabama for his undergraduate degree. He graduated summa cum laude even while participating in the University of Alabama’s rowing team. Dr. Ho earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Upon graduation, Dr. Ho was the recipient of the Vision America Co-Management Award, demonstrating proficiency in providing co-management care. Dr. Ho then completed primary care and ocular disease residency at Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico providing medical optometry to the Navajo nation in a multi-specialty hospital. He served as the on-call eye provider for a level III trauma center during his residency, providing him with extensive experience with complex cases, ocular emergencies, and trauma. This experience allowed him to excel in delivering high-quality care in a multidisciplinary setting with a focus on systemic care such as diabetes/hypertension and autoimmune diseases.
He currently resides in the Birmingham area. He is involved as a member of the Alabama Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, sports, running, swimming, volunteering, cooking, and traveling.
Alabaster and Birmingham
Dr. Toy Holland sees patients in our Homewood and Alabaster offices. She was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and received a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology and chemistry. She went on to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree.
Dr. Holland has been a practicing optometrist in the Birmingham area over the past 20 years. She is actively involved in Alabaster community events, has been the vice president of the Alabaster Civitans International, and past president of Developing Alabama’s Youth. She provides vision screenings to the Shelby County School System.
Dr. Toy Holland began partnering with VisionFirst Eye Center in 2004. She specializes in surgical co-management of cataract and LASIK patients, treating eye injuries, and in managing glaucoma. Dr. Holland has over twenty years of experience in fitting contact lenses and eyeglasses.
Dr. Toy Holland lives in Mountain Brook with her husband, David, and her son, David Raines.
The health of your eyes is our absolute first priority, so our mission is simple: to relentlessly upgrade our technologies and treatment techniques to provide you with the very best vision care available.
Since VisionFirst began, we have strived to earn the trust of each and every patient we see. We have chosen to center our practice on providing the most modern, up-to-date medical care we can possibly provide. We take the time to make sure you understand everything related to the health of your eyes as well as any procedures we recommend.
Your eyesight is a precious gift. We are committed to providing you and your family with the most advanced treatment and techniques available.