Author: Abnous Samford

Mask Associated Dry Eye (MADE)

Wearing masks is essential to helping reduce the spread of COVID-19, but did you know it may lead to symptoms of dry eye? Mask Associated Dry Eye or M.A.D.E happens when hot air travels upward through the spaces of your mask and causes your tears to evaporate more quickly. This… Read more »

Hoover Vision Center Reopening!

We are excited to announce that we will be officially reopening May 4th 2020, as the Governor of Alabama, the Alabama Department of Health, and the Alabama Board of Optometry have lifted the COVID-19 quarantine. Our first priority is the safety of our patients and staff. The following changes will… Read more »

Contact Lens Wearers and Coronavirus

There is so much information out there, some true and some false, that we wanted to make sure you are getting accurate information. At this time, there is no recommendation from the CDC to discontinue contact lens wear. However, the CDC does recommend that we refrain from touching our eyes,… Read more »


To Our Patient Family: We are constantly monitoring the recommendations of the CDC, American Optometric Association, and Alabama Board of Optometry and Optometric Association. As of Tuesday evening, March 17th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended all routine eye care be deferred until further notice in order… Read more »

Fireworks and Eye Safety: What You Need to Know

Fireworks injuries cause approximately 10,500 visits to the emergency room each year, according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. As families and communities make plans for a star-spangled Fourth of July, we would like to shine some light on fireworks safety. Injuries from fireworks largely occur in… Read more »

Sports Eye Safety

September is SPORTS EYE SAFETY MONTH. According to Prevent Blindness America, over 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year. These injuries can be prevented with proper eye protection.   Some sports-related eye injuries that may occur: Corneal abrasions A corneal abrasion occurs when the cornea, the outermost… Read more »

Protect Those Peepers: Tips for Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing

Nine times out of 10, doctors of optometry aren’t on board with their patients staring at the sun, but this August is that one rare exception. Let’s be clear: Staring at the sun is still bad for your eyes in virtually all circumstances, but this particular concession is reserved for… Read more »

How To Avoid Glare When Driving At Night

Night driving can affect many aspects of vision including color recognition, peripheral vision, and depth perception. One of the most common problems with night driving is glare, a light source that interferes with your vision, which may slow your reaction time. Nighttime glare is a result of both bright and… Read more »

Back to School Eye Exams

As September’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month approaches, we are encouraging you to make the most of your children’s education and maximize their potential, livelihood and development by including a comprehensive eye exam as part of your child’s back to school checklist. Though most children have healthy eyes, one… Read more »

Are Cosmetic Eye Products and Procedures Safe?

We all want to look good, but we shouldn’t risk the health of our eyes to do so! Below are some common cosmetic products and procedures that we get asked about in our office. Colored/Cosmetic Contacts Many consumers consider decorative contact lenses a fashion or costume accessory. In reality, these… Read more »