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About Schaeffer Eye Center

A Message From Dr. Jack L. Schaeffer

For over 30 years, Schaeffer Eye Center has been Alabama’s leader in eye care. We have had the pleasure of helping tens of thousands of patients and their families see better.

Today, we are 18 locations across Birmingham, Huntsville, Jemison, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa. Inside each location you’ll find the same standard of excellence that Alabama has come to associate with Schaeffer Eye Center.

Our commitment to our three core values - Science, Style, and Service - is what enables us to offer the very best in eye care for you and your entire family.

“At Schaeffer Eye Center, you never have to make a compromise between vision, quality and style.”

Dr. Jack L. Schaeffer, President and CEO of Schaeffer Eye Center

Our vision specialists are at the forefront of our changing field. As new diagnostic technologies are introduced, we incorporate them into our eye exams and testing for various eye conditions. As new styles of eyewear are introduced, we ensure that you can find them inside our practice. In fact, we carry over 2,000 different styles of eyeglasses and sunglasses.

At the end of the day we have one mission: to provide you and your family with the best eye care available. We hope that you find your experience with us reflective of the reputation we’ve worked hard to cultivate.

Thank you for choosing Schaeffer Eye Center!

Direct Billing Available

Not only are we providers for most of the major insurance plans, we are the experts to help maxamize your benefits. We accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United HealthCare, SVP, VCP, VSP, VIVA, EyeMed, Davis Vision, Humana, New Southland, Avesis, Superior, Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Complete, Aetna, AllKids, Medicare Plus, Spectera, VBA, AARP, Cigna-Healthspring and Healthspring Seniors First.

Proud to Give Back

Schaeffer Eye Center believes in giving back to the community. This belief is demonstrated by current and past support in numerous community organizations such as Camp Smile-A-Mile, The Birmingham Zoo and Red Mountain Park to name a few.

In addition, Schaeffer Eye Center developed SchaefferVision, a program that provides eye care services to uninsured adults and children to help organizations including the Jefferson County Department of Health, Sight Savers of Alabama, and Project Homeless Connect.

Our Corporate Values: Science, Style, and Service

At Schaeffer Eye Center, we believe that our continued success is a direct result of adhering to the three pillars of our business: Science, Style, and Service.


The integration and use of advanced technology is an important part of what separates us from other Optometry clinics. In our eye exams we make use of the latest diagnostic technology, including OCT imaging and digital retinal photography. This allows us to detect developing eye conditions earlier and with a greater degree of accuracy than what was possible without these technologies.

Our focus on technology extends beyond eye exams. We offer the latest eyeglass frames and lenses, including eyeglass lenses that filter out harmful blue light. You will also find a large selection of contact lenses - including toric, multifocal, and specialty lenses.

We are also leaders in laser vision correction, with our lead Ophthalmic Surgeon - Dr. Woolfson - having performed over 80,000 procedures to date.


Schaeffer Eye Center offers the best selection in distinctive, designer eyewear. We offer many exclusive brands, including Sama, SALT. Optics, Robert Marc, Barton Perreira and l.a. Eyeworks. You can’t find these brands anywhere else in Alabama!

We also include collections from Oliver Peoples, Tom Ford, Chanel, Gold and Wood, Freudenhaus, RetroSpecs and many more.

Our design-minded eyewear consultants can assist you in finding the best style to offer comfort that meets your lifestyle needs and fashion sense. We will help you find the style that compliments your look and makes you feel great.


At Schaeffer Eye Center, great service starts the moment that you connect with us. From your first appointment to your latest check-in, you can count on consistently excellent and professional service. In addition, we offer a wide range in prices to accommodate every budget. Complete packages (frames and lenses) start as low as $99. At Schaeffer Eye Center, you get incredible results at affordable prices!

We have 18 locations across Alabama and are open on evenings and weekends for your convenience. If you have a hectic schedule, we will work with you to ensure your appointments are quick and convenient.

We understand the frustration caused by confusing insurance plans. Not only are we providers for most of the major insurance plans , we can help determine the best use of your benefits. We accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United HealthCare, SVP, VCP, VSP, VIVA, New Southland, Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Complete, Aetna, AllKids, Medicare Plus, Spectera, EyeMed, VBA, AARP, OATH and Seniors First.

Call 888-987-2020 to find a location near you.

Specialized Eye Care for Children and Seniors

We believe in lifelong eye wellness that starts at childhood, becoming your partners in lifelong eye health.

Our Pediatric Optometrist, Dr. Nicholas Onken, completed his residency in pediatrics and binocular vision. He specializes in examining and treating children of all ages and patients with special needs. Learn more about children’s eye exams.

Likewise, we place special emphasis on eye exams for senior citizens. Many eye diseases become more prevalent as we get older, making it important that we practice preventative eye care. We can help you enjoy a lifetime of excellent ocular health!