Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrist takes the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctor:

Erin Heckman, O.D.

Dr. Erin Heckman was born and raised in Mississippi but has been calling Birmingham home since 2003. She attended Mississippi College graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. She is a proud member of the American Optometric Association, the Alabama Optometric Association and the Birmingham Area Optometric Association.

Dr. Heckman practices primary eye care for the entire family. She provides routine eye care as well as the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases. She also enjoys fitting soft and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Heckman also enjoys working with Trident Clinical Mobile Services to provide comprehensive eye care for nursing and assisted living facilities. She has been working with patients in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities since 2010, and currently provides care to patients residing in 27 facilities in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Heckman has been married for almost 11 years to her wonderful husband Jeff and has two small boys, Hunter (5) and Sawyer (1 ½). She enjoys spending time with her family as much as possible. She is also actively involved in her church in Alabaster where she sings on the praise team and works in the 4 year old Critterland (children’s church).