Dry Eye Center of Alabama
Dry Eye Center of Alabama
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3490 Independence Dr, Ste 110, Birmingham, AL

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  • Monday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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When you walk, it looks so inviting, like a spa. Kayla and Olivia immediately greet you and are very sweet,but very professional. I originally set up an appointment because I have been suffering from dry eyes and been treated by other ophthalmologist and nothing was changing. Dr. Franklin listened to my concerns and instead of just saying-you need to do this......he gave me 3 options, describing how each option would work and even exactly how much each procedure cost on the spot. Never has that happened- most Doctors don't care about that part and just tell you, do this. Highly impressed with his knowledge, his honestly, and transparency. We found the right procedure for my needs and budget. Raven is my tech I see every visit and she is sweet and comforting and even plays the music I enjoy during my visits. Oh and by the way, I didn't have a tear problem that other Doctors told me, I have an oil problem- a doctor that actually fixes a problem! I would give more stars if I could. I plan to use Dry Eye Center for all my optical needs going forward. Highly recommended!!

- Kari C. - Google review

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
United Healthcare
United Healthcare
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Southland Insurance
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Medicare
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Medicaid
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Viva Health

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Dr. C. Derrick Franklin  eye doctor

Dr. C. Derrick Franklin

Dr. Derrick Franklin studied chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Optometry. He is a member of the Alabama Optometric Association and the Beta Sigma... Show More

Dr. Derrick Franklin studied chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Optometry. He is a member of the Alabama Optometric Association and the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.

Dr. Franklin specializes in Primary Eye Care and specialty contact lenses, including “hard to fit” lenses for keratoconus, post corneal transplant, and other corneal degenerations or dystrophies. He also provides comprehensive adult and pediatric eye examinations for the detection of medical diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes. He also provides preoperative and postoperative care for cataract and LASIK procedures.

Dr. Franklin and his wife, Rachael are active members of Hunter Street Baptist Church. On the weekends, he enjoys spending time on the lake, tinkering with his ’74 Corvette, and spending time with his wife and children (Brooklynn, Hannah, Claire, Cate and Parker).

      Dr. Allison Mckelvey  eye doctor

      Dr. Allison Mckelvey

      Dr. Allison Mckelvey is originally from Alpharetta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Biology. Dr. Mckelvey received her Doctorate of Optometry from UAB School of Optometry. She is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa... Show More

      Dr. Allison Mckelvey is originally from Alpharetta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Biology. Dr. Mckelvey received her Doctorate of Optometry from UAB School of Optometry. She is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society and the American Optometric Association. She received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Low Vision along with the Gas Permeable Clinical Excellence Award. 

      Dr. Mckelvey spent three years training and working alongside pediatric ophthalmologists. Before that, she completed three internships in Birmingham focusing on pediatrics, ocular disease, and contact lenses. Dr. Mckelvey is happy to see patients of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. She specializes in routine eye care for pediatric patients and special needs children. She diagnoses and manages strabismus, amblyopia and other binocular vision disorders with optical correction, patching and other non-surgical techniques including vision therapy. Dr. Mckelvey also fits soft contact lenses, including multifocal and monovision lenses, as well as scleral lenses and aphakic contact lenses. 

      Dr. Mckelvey and her husband, Sam, are currently living in Vestavia with their two Labradors, Nelli and Kane. She enjoys running with her dogs, reading crime novels and spending time on the lake. The Mckelveys are expecting their first child in July of 2021.

          Dr. Sarah Gordon  eye doctor

          Dr. Sarah Gordon

          A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Dr. Gordon was a founding partner and President of Inverness Eye Care, P.C. in 1986. She sold her practice in 2019 and is now a member of the... Show More

          A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Dr. Gordon was a founding partner and President of Inverness Eye Care, P.C. in 1986. She sold her practice in 2019 and is now a member of the staff at Dry Eye Center and Family Eye Care in Homewood, Alabama.

          Dr. Gordon has been active in many areas of professional service. She began her service to optometry on a local level in the Birmingham Area Optometric Society. In addition to serving as an officer, she coordinated local Save Your Vision Week projects. She served as President of the Alabama Optometric Association and chair of the Alabama Optometric Political Action Committee. She was the Public Relations chair, Alabama Vision USA chair, and Government Relations chair for the Alabama Optometric Association. She received Alabama Optometric Association President Leadership Awards in 1989, 1990, and 1995. In 1994 Dr. Gordon was honored as Alabama’s Optometrist of the Year. On a regional level, Dr. Gordon was Alabama’s trustee to the Southern Council of Optometrist and served on the Finance committee. She was a member of the American Optometric Association’s Commission of Quality Assessment and Improvement from 1996-2001. She remains active in the association as a keyperson for state and federal legislators.

          Dr. Gordon served on board of directors for the UAB School of Optometry Alumni Association and was named UAB School of Optometry Alumnus of the year in 1998.

          In the community Dr. Gordon has provided vision screenings for local elementary school for 13 years, participated in health fairs and Vision USA.  

          She was a member of the Inverness Rotary Club and has served on several committees, the Board of Directors, and was president in 2005.

          Dr. Gordon is a member of the Church at Brookhills. She has been active in many local mission services and overseas missions.

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              We are dedicated to providing the highest level of eye care to all our patients and provide vision care to your whole family as if they were our very own. At Dry Eye Center of Alabama, we offer a large... Show More

              We are dedicated to providing the highest level of eye care to all our patients and provide vision care to your whole family as if they were our very own. At Dry Eye Center of Alabama, we offer a large range of services and perform eye exams, emergency care, dry eye management, scleral lenses, and manage a variety of ocular diseases. Book an appointment today.

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              Our Frames

              Altair
              Altair
              Aspex
              Aspex
              Candies
              Candies
              Charmant
              Charmant
              Cole Haan
              Cole Haan
              Costa
              Costa
              Dana Buchman
              Dana Buchman
              Vera Wang
              Vera Wang
              Timex Optical
              Timex Optical
              Penguin
              Penguin
              Kensie
              Kensie
              Lilly Pulitzer
              Lilly Pulitzer
              Transformers
              Transformers
              Stepper
              Stepper
              Betsey Johnson
              Betsey Johnson
              Harley-Davidson
              Harley-Davidson
              Kay Unger
              Kay Unger
              Callaway Golf
              Callaway Golf
              Cover Girl
              Cover Girl
              Wildflower
              Wildflower
              Paradigm
              Paradigm
              Coach
              Coach
              Oliver Peoples
              Oliver Peoples
              Ray-Ban
              Ray-Ban
              Joseph Abboud
              Joseph Abboud
              Draper James
              Draper James
              Kids Bright Eyes
              Kids Bright Eyes
              Kilter
              Kilter
              Brooks Brothers
              Brooks Brothers

              Our Contact Lenses

              AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde
              AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde
              Biotrue ONEday
              Biotrue ONEday
              Biofinity® Toric
              Biofinity® Toric
              ACUVUE OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM
              ACUVUE OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM
              ACUVUE VITA®
              ACUVUE VITA®
              AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal
              AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal
              MyDay® toric
              MyDay® toric
              AIR OPTIX® for Astigmatism
              AIR OPTIX® for Astigmatism
              Bausch + Lomb ULTRA
              Bausch + Lomb ULTRA
              AIR OPTIX® COLORS
              AIR OPTIX® COLORS
              DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus
              DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus
              DAILIES TOTAL1® Multifocal
              DAILIES TOTAL1® Multifocal
              DAILIES TOTAL1® Water Gradient
              DAILIES TOTAL1® Water Gradient
              Bausch + Lomb ULTRA for Presbyopia
              Bausch + Lomb ULTRA for Presbyopia
              MiSight® 1 day
              MiSight® 1 day
              DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus Multifocal
              DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus Multifocal
              AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY AQUA
              AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY AQUA
              DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus Toric
              DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus Toric
              Bausch + Lomb ULTRA Multifocal for Astigmatism
              Bausch + Lomb ULTRA Multifocal for Astigmatism
              Bausch + Lomb ULTRA for Astigmatism
              Bausch + Lomb ULTRA for Astigmatism
              Biotrue ONEday for Astigmatism
              Biotrue ONEday for Astigmatism
              Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia
              Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia
              Clariti™ 1-day Multifocal
              Clariti™ 1-day Multifocal
              Biofinity® XR
              Biofinity® XR
              Biofinity® Multifocal
              Biofinity® Multifocal
              Biofinity Energys™
              Biofinity Energys™
              Biofinity®
              Biofinity®
              Clariti™ 1-day Toric
              Clariti™ 1-day Toric
              Clariti™ 1-day (sphere)
              Clariti™ 1-day (sphere)
              1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST
              1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST
              1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST Multifocal
              1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST Multifocal
              ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day for Astigmatism
              ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day for Astigmatism
              ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day with HydraLuxe
              ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day with HydraLuxe
              ACUVUE OASYS® 2-Week
              ACUVUE OASYS® 2-Week
              ACUVUE OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA
              ACUVUE OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA
              ACUVUE OASYS® with Transitions
              ACUVUE OASYS® with Transitions
              ACUVUE VITA® for Astigmatism
              ACUVUE VITA® for Astigmatism
              AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde Multifocal
              AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde Multifocal
              Precision1
              Precision1
              Biofinity® XR Toric
              Biofinity® XR Toric
              MyDay®
              MyDay®
              INFUSE™
              INFUSE™
              AIR OPTIX® AQUA
              AIR OPTIX® AQUA

              Patient Reviews

              Courtney J.

              Google review

              Excellent doctors very kind and helpful staff. Everyone was very friendly could not have asked for a better experience.

              Elizabeth J.

              Google review

              Dr. Franklin and his staff are WONDERFUL! Diagnosis and treatment has helped my eyesight tremendously. Dr. Franklin listens and take time to hear his patients. Thank you Haley for your patience in fitting my glasses!

              Rebecca L.

              Google review

              My 10 year old daughter was Dr. McKelvey’s patient at her last practice and when she moved I let my daughter choose if she wanted to go back to seeing dr she saw previously at the practice or follow Dr. M. She wanted to continue with her. Dr. McKelvey now sees my daughter and I both. She is patient and gentle with children, very detailed and never makes you feel rushed. Highly recommend her.

              John A.

              Google review

              First time seeing Dr. Franklin. He and his team spent a lot of time with me and explained everything they were doing. Nice office and friendly staff.

              Erin R.

              Google review

              Dr. Gordon has been our family eye doctor for many years. She spends quality time in visits, and strives to find solutions for all of our eye issues. Staff is great, as well as Dr. Franklin. They go out of their way for customer service.

              trey l.

              Google review

              This was my first time ever at an eye doctor. When I walked into the Dry Eye Center I was very pleased to be greeted by the front desk staff. Everyone was very nice and welcoming especially Olivia. This office is VERY clean and had plenty of space for people to sit while they are waiting for their appointment. After getting checked in it was only a few minutes until I was called back for my eye exam. My Tech Elise was very quick and thorough! Their equipment is state of the art making everything easy and painless! Dr. Mckelvey went above and beyond to explain exactly what I needed to improve my eye sight. She didn’t try to upsell me on any of their glasses or frames, but made this experience all about me, my needs and what I liked best! Within minutes, Haley ordered my glasses and both me and my wife were shocked about how reasonable the prices were. Can’t wait to get my new glasses! Highly recommend Dry Eye Center of Alabama 10/10!!!

              John S.

              Google review

              My wife just took our son to see Dr. Mckelvey yesterday for contacts but she was so impressed by the staff, the experience, and the facility that she is going to go there for all my sons eye care needs! Dr. Mckelvey is very knowledgeable and has the equipment to handle my sons rare eye condition. Olivia at check in was so nice and welcoming! Raven the technician we saw before the doctor came was great with my son and also very kind! Haley at optical was also super helpful and nice! The facility itself is top notch. Everything including equipment was brand new top of the line! Best part of all was the fact our appointment was at 2:30 and we were seen immediately no wait at all. They don't herd you in there like cattle and pack you in like sardines. We drive an hour and a half to see Dr. Mckelvey and after going to this location, we will not go anywhere else.

              Beverly M.

              Google review

              I had an eye exam somewhere else about 4 months ago but learned that I could have some other issues going on that my regular optometrist isn't trained to diagnosis or treat. That led me to stumble upon Dry Eye Center of Alabama and I am so glad I did! Dr. Franklin was fantastic and did find an issue and prescribed me glasses. He was professional, knowledgeable, gentle, kind, and not pushy about selling you stuff. They were actually short staffed that day but they all took it in stride, including Dr. Franklin. At the age of 38 I have never worn glasses or contacts so I had NO idea what I was doing, but Susie hand held me through the whole process. Olivia handled me at the front desk and she was quiet lovely as well. I have already referred three people to them. Go see these awesome people!

              JA D.

              Google review

              We have been patients of Dr Gordon for many years and followed her to this new office. We highly recommend Dr Gordon. Olivia and Elise were very helpful and Susie did a great job in selecting and fitting new glasses.

              Kari C.

              Google review

              When you walk, it looks so inviting, like a spa. Kayla and Olivia immediately greet you and are very sweet,but very professional. I originally set up an appointment because I have been suffering from dry eyes and been treated by other ophthalmologist and nothing was changing. Dr. Franklin listened to my concerns and instead of just saying-you need to do this......he gave me 3 options, describing how each option would work and even exactly how much each procedure cost on the spot. Never has that happened- most Doctors don't care about that part and just tell you, do this. Highly impressed with his knowledge, his honestly, and transparency. We found the right procedure for my needs and budget. Raven is my tech I see every visit and she is sweet and comforting and even plays the music I enjoy during my visits. Oh and by the way, I didn't have a tear problem that other Doctors told me, I have an oil problem- a doctor that actually fixes a problem! I would give more stars if I could. I plan to use Dry Eye Center for all my optical needs going forward. Highly recommended!!