Meet The Doctors at Alabama Vision Center
Dr. Price Kloess, MD
Medical Director, Ophthalmologist
Dr. Price Kloess is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in blade-free all laser Custom LASIK laser vision correction, "no stitch" cataract laser and surgery, refractive lens exchange with bifocal implants, phakic IOL surgery, and corneal transplantation surgery. He served as Cornea Chairman and Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for refractive surgery for several years before returning home to Birmingham in 1994 as the founder and Medical Director of the Alabama Vision & Hearing Center. He is a Principal Investigator for the Alcon FDA Phakic IOL Study and a clinical consultant for several pharmaceutical and surgical companies. Dr. Kloess is a clinical assistant for the Eye Hospital in Birmingham. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and served as President of the Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Andrew Velazquez, MD
Dr. Andrew Velazquez is a board certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologist specializing in blade-free all laser Custom LASIK laser vision correction, "no stitch" cataract laser and surgery, refractive lens exchange with bifocal implants, phakic IOL surgery and advanced corneal transplantation surgery. He was born in Orange, CA and raised in Atlanta. He completed an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida and a Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at Duke University. Most recently he served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of Cornea and External Disease and Director of Refractive Surgery at The Callahan Eye Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Clinical Assistant at the Eye Hospital.
Dr. Andrew Bartlett, MD
Dr. Bartlett is a native of Birmingham. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, attended University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, completed an ophthalmology residency at Texas Tech University and a Cornea and External Disease fellowship at Eye Consultants of Atlanta, GA. He specializes in cataract, cornea (DSAEK and corneal transplantation), glaucoma and LASIK refractive surgery.
Dr. Holly Young, OD
Dr. Holly Young is an Optometrist with the Alabama Vision & Hearing Center. She received her undergraduate B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Mississippi and her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama School of Optometry in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and the American Optometric Association. After an externship with our practice, she joined our staff in June 2010.
Dr. Young specializes in Primary Eye Care including comprehensive adult and pediatric eye examinations for the detection of medical eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes. She fits all types of eyeglasses and contact lens and provides preoperative and postoperative care for cataract surgery and LASIK.
Dr. Derrick Franklin, O.D.
Dr. Derrick Franklin is an Optometrist with the Alabama Vision Center. He 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. After an externship with our practice, he joined our staff in 2018.
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).