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Pediatric Vision

Helping Kids See, Learn, & Play is Important to Us

We Are Leaders in Children’s Eye Care

Kids have unique needs for their eye care. Unlike adults, who can generally articulate their concerns and recognize changes in their vision, kids often struggle to express when they are facing visual challenges. This is partly because they often don’t know something is wrong, and partly because kids are highly adaptable and often just try to ignore the problem.

Under the guidance of our Pediatric Optometrist, Dr. Nicholas Onken, we work to provide children the best eye care available anywhere in the USA.

One in Four School-Age Children Require Corrective Lenses

This Figure is Increasing Over Time

Vision screenings at school or at the pediatrician do not evaluate for vision or eye health problems. The prevalence of refractive errors among kids is increasing. A sedentary lifestyle, combined with smartphone culture, is causing more kids to experience vision challenges.

Helping Kids See Better With Vision Therapy

A Painless, Non-Surgical Method of Vision Enhancement

Vision therapy is a powerful, non-surgical process that can correct eye alignment problems (such as strabismus), improve hand-eye coordination, decrease reaction time, and develop eye teaming/pairing skills.

Learn more about vision therapy.

Schedule an Eye Exam Today

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends children have an annual eye exam. Find a location near you or request an appointment online.

More Information About Pediatric Eye Care

An eye exam takes less than an hour from start to finish. Eye exams are recommended annually for kids under age 18.

The importance of preventative eye care
Eye exams are safe and painless
Facilitating success with modern eye care
Myopia prevention
Athletic performance improvement

Why Choose Schaeffer Eye Center?


We continuously explore and invest in new technologies that improve the quality and accuracy of our eye exams, aid in testing for eye diseases (such as glaucoma), and treatment options.

By investing in advanced treatments, such as LipiFlow for dry eye, we can improve the quality of life for patients living with chronic eye conditions. We carry a variety of contact lenses suitable for nearly any prescription, including toric and scleral lenses.

Learn more about the integration of technology into our offices here.


Schaeffer Eye Center offers the best selection in distinctive, designer eyewear.

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 offer many exclusive brands, such as Sama, SALT. Optics, Robert Marc, Barton Perreira and l.a. Eyeworks that you cannot find anywhere else in Alabama. We also include collections from Oliver Peoples, Tom Ford, Chanel, Gold and Wood, Freudenhaus, RetroSpecs and many more.

See our brands here.


We have grown to 18 locations across Alabama by providing quality service to our patients. Not only are we providers for most of the major insurance plans, we can determine the best use to maximize your benefits.

Schaeffer Eye Center believes in giving back to the community. This belief is demonstrated by current and past support in numerous community organizations.