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Meet Dr. C. Derrick Franklin and Dr. Allison Mckelvey- Optometrists Near You

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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 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

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

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.


Dry Eye Center of Alabama in Birmingham

Dry Eye Center of Alabama provides innovative eye care services to patients from in and around Birmingham. We offer comprehensive eye health assessments, ocular disease diagnosis and treatment, contact lens evaluation and fitting, and prescriptions.

The team at Dry Eye Center of Alabama aims to provide the best possible solution for the patient's eye health and vision needs. By utilizing the latest technologies and evidence-based treatments, we can ensure that each patient maintains optimal eye health.

We welcome new patients and accept most major forms of insurance.