Alabama Vision and Hearing Center

All About Alabama Vision and Hearing Center

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Many people yearn for the freedom of being able to do simple things like drive a car or read a book without having to struggle to see. Alabama Vision & Hearing Center aims to help by uniquely combining care for the two most important senses, sight and sound.

“Studies show that there is tremendous overlap between sight and sound,” says Dr. Price Kloess. “Being able to treat conditions affecting both is a remarkable benefit to our patients.”

Procedures performed by eye surgeons Drs. Kloess, Velazquez and Pitts include LASIK laser vision correction, cataract surgery, advanced corneal transplantation and glaucoma surgery. State of the art hearing technology is offered as well as one of the center’s newest offerings: Bausch and Lomb’s contacts- Ultra for Presbyopia. Dr. Brittany Mitchell says these contacts provide great vision and comfort while keeping her patients’ eyes healthy.

“I recommend these lenses to anyone who is looking to get out of their bifocal, progressive, or even reading glasses,” says Dr. Mitchell. “These lenses allow you to drive a car, see your computer screen, and read your cell phone with the freedom of no glasses.”

Alabama Vision and Hearing Center has offices in Greystone/Liberty Park, Mountain Brook and Alabaster. The Mountain Brook office recently moved to a new facility still conveniently located on Montclair Road. This office has free parking with first floor access, an expanded optical shop, and start of the art diagnostic and therapeutic technology for vision and hearing.

“Our goal was to create a pleasant experience in a new and beautiful relaxed environment,” says Dr. Andrew Velazquez. “I think we did just that!”

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Lasik Surgery

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For Lesli Bass, LASIK surgery was initially a daunting idea, but she knew never having to wear glasses again would have life changing effects.

“After really doing my research and learning about the procedure, I felt very sure that I was making a worthwhile decision,” says Bass.

Bass underwent LASIK surgery at Alabama Vision & Hearing Center where she describes her experience as amazing.

“Dr. Price Kloess is an incredible doctor with not only skill, but a bedside manner that made me feel completely safe in his hands,” says Bass. “The staff was truly wonderful and they all treated me like I was family. The actual procedure was extremely quick, and it was so easy that I felt nothing, and could even see the clock on the wall when I walked out the door.”
Dr. Kloess says it is experience, training, and technology that sets the center apart when it comes to LASIK surgery. The surgery is done using advanced blade-free LASIK technology which insures precision, comfort, and gives patients piece of mind.
“We provide a complimentary LASIK consultation with the surgeon in which several key tests are performed and the surgeon thoroughly reviews these with the patient, discusses options, and importantly, unlike most other centers, the patients get to interact with and in a sense ‘interview’ the surgeon to get a feel for the person that will be performing the surgery.”

Before surgery, Bass says she was so nearsighted that she would have to hold her phone to her face to read anything on it without contacts or glasses. Now, those days are long gone.

“I can’t tell you how amazing it is to wake up at any hour from sleep and see what time it is, or to be able to fall asleep while watching TV and not wake up with painful dry eyes from my contacts,” says Bass. “I go on vacation and never have to worry about losing a contact or breaking my glasses, plus I can jump in the pool with no worries at all. To see without assistance is a blessing that I can’t truly describe unless you are someone who has to wear contacts or glasses to see.”

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13041065_10150938073604945_5841289812262946100_oScleral Contact lenses

April 18, 2016, | View on Facebook

At Alabama Vision & Hearing Center, life-changing transformations are happening every day such as patients being fitted with scleral contact lenses.

“A lot of patients that we have fit in these lenses were considered legally blind with their current glasses,” says Dr. Brittany Mitchell. “Theses specialty lenses have been able to provide crisp, clear vision that wasn’t able to be achieved before.”

Scleral lenses are large diameter contact lenses that rest on the white part of the eye, which allows tears to fill the space between the cornea and the contact lenses. Since these lenses are larger, they are typically more stable and comfortable than conventional lenses and provide sharper vision.

“Anyone can be fit into a scleral lens, but typically these lenses are fit on irregular corneas with conditions like Keratoconus, Pellucid, or post corneal transplants,” says Mitchell. “This type of contact lens is beneficial for those with severe dry eye or high amounts of astigmatism.”

Mitchell enjoys seeing her patients live fuller and better lives after being fitted with these lenses.

“Patients may have not been able to drive or participate in other life activities and now with these lenses they can see life clearly,” says Mitchell. “These lenses are honestly life changing for the majority of the patients we are fitting them on.”

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13100707_10150940938289945_3052902793996543565_n (1)Cataract Surgery

April 25, 2016, | View on Facebook

Are you aware of what cataracts are and how they can be detected during an eye exam?

“Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens in the eye,” says Dr. Price Kloess of Alabama Vision & Hearing Center. “This process generally begins around the age of 50. Symptoms include loss of vision, glare, especially with oncoming headlights at night, and difficulty reading. A comprehensive eye examination is the best way to diagnose cataracts.”

When it becomes difficult to perform daily activities because of an inability to see clearly, Kloess says he will then recommend cataract surgery to a patient.

“Cataract surgery is a brief, painless outpatient procedure. If both eyes need cataract surgery, they are done typically 1-2 weeks apart. All insurances cover the surgery.”

Alabama Vision and Hearing Center uses the most advanced ultrasound technology to remove cataracts. They offer “dropless technology,” avoiding the hassle, toxicity and cost of eye drops commonly used after cataract surgery.

“Everyone undergoing cataract surgery receives an intraocular lens (IOL). We also offer a wide array of IOL’s including those that correct astigmatism and bifocal ones that lessen the need for eye glasses,” says Kloess.

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