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Dr. Alan J. Franklin, MD, PhD

Ophthalmologist

4/5(30)
1720 Spring Hill Ave STE 300 Mobile AL, 36604
Rating

4/5

About

Alan J. Franklin, MD, PhD, is a top retina specialist and ophthalmologist who lends his skills and expertise to serve patients at the Diagnostic & Medical Clinic, an affiliate of Infirmary Health, in Mobile, Alabama. He is also affiliated with Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, SpringHill Medical Center and Retina Specialty Institute. With twenty-seven years of experience as an ophthalmologist, he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Moreover, he is the Chief Executive Officer of ForwardVue Pharma in Mobile, AL (2019 – Present).

Education and Training

The University of Toledo College of Medicine 1990

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

Provider Details

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Dr. Alan J. Franklin, MD, PhD's Expert Contributions
  • How long after cataract surgery can I sleep on my side?

    If you have just undergone cataract surgery, contact your surgeon. If you are contemplating cataract surgery, typical recommendations are that you wear a shield over the operated eye for up to 1 week after surgery when you go to sleep. However, sleeping position is usually not important. READ MORE

  • What causes astigmatism to worsen?

    Can be many factors READ MORE

  • eyes twitching and constant headaches

    Eyelid twitching is typically a benign condition associated with stress, lack of sleep, and caffeine intake. If you are having chronic headaches, would recommend that you seek medical care with your primary care physician. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • Do they put you to sleep for glaucoma surgery?

    Not necessarily. It depends on your surgeon and anesthesiologist Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • My eyelids are swollen

    If you have pain and swelling, you could have an infection. It would be best for you to seek medical care. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • What are the side effects of laser surgery for glaucoma?

    Generally laser is very well tolerated with minimal side effects. These side effects are dependent upon the type of laser that is performed. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • Eye burning and sensitive to light?

    The alcohol probably caused a corneal abrasion. If you’re not feeling better in the morning, you probably should see an eye specialist so that they can treat the abrasion with medicated drops or ointment. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • My little brother's eye?

    Unless he was injured, you can probably take it out carefully Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • Can nearsighted vision be improved?

    We typically recommend that people wait until their early 20s for laser vision correction Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • What is the cause of glaucoma?

    Typically, we cannot identify a cause. It does tend to run in families. It also depends on the type of glaucoma that you have. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • Sinus pressure?

    Likely sinusitis. Contact your primary care physician Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • I think my friend is cross eyed?

    Difficult to tell with this picture. If there is a concern, I certainly would recommend her seeing an eye care professional. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • Does glaucoma come back after surgery?

    Depends on the type of surgery. Best to ask your surgeon. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • Can glaucoma be detected in an eye test?

    It can be detected with a full eye exam READ MORE

  • What is usually the first sign of glaucoma?

    Often times glaucoma is asymptomatic until moderate to late stages. Therefore, it’s important to have regular eye exams. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • Will I go blind after looking at the eclipse?

    Floaters tend to resolve over time. If you have spots in your vision that don’t move, would suggest that you see in eyecare specialist. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • Can I do without reading glasses when I am able to read with naked eyes

    Feel free to read without your distances glasses. I have a similar glasses prescription and that’s what I do. Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • What is the prescription for nearsighted vision?

    You need to see an eye care professional to determine Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • How often should eye pressure be checked?

    Annually, unless there is a concern for glaucoma Alan J Franklin MD, PhD Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Diagnostic And Medical Clinic 1720 Springhill Ave. Suite 300 Mobile, AL 36604 Cell: 251-776-4455 READ MORE

  • Can eyedrops cause red eyes?

    Yes. READ MORE

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Chief Executive Officer ForwardVue Pharma in Mobile, AL - Present
  • founding member and Chief Medical Officer RFE Pharma 2005 - 2019

Treatments

  • Diabetes
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Macular Hole
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Retina Specialists  

Fellowships

  • University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City  vitreoretinal diseases and surgery   1999

Internships

  • Vanderbilt University1994

Fellowships

  • University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City1999vitreoretinal diseases and surgery

Dr. Alan J. Franklin, MD, PhD's Practice location

1720 Spring Hill Ave STE 300 -
Mobile, AL 36604
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New patients: 251-435-1200

Retina Speciality Institute

3290 Dauphin St Suite 302 -
Mobile, AL 36606
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New patients: 251-272-3618

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Dr. Alan J. Franklin, MD, PhD has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on the reviews from 30 patients. FindaTopDoc has aggregated the experiences from real patients to help give you more insights and information on how to choose the best Ophthalmologist in your area. These reviews do not reflect a providers level of clinical care, but are a compilation of quality indicators such as bedside manner, wait time, staff friendliness, ease of appointment, and knowledge of conditions and treatments.

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Get to know Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan J. Franklin, who serves patients in Mobile, Alabama.

Dr. Franklin is a board-certified ophthalmologist with Diagnostic & Medical Clinic in Mobile, Alabama. 

An affiliate of Infirmary Health, Diagnostic & Medical Clinic includes more than 70 physicians, 14 specialties, and 8 ­convenient locations throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties. It has provided quality healthcare to the community for more than 60 years.

Recognized as an expert in his field, Dr. Franklin has continued his interest in pathological ocular neovascularization as a founding member and Chief Medical Officer of RFE Pharma. He has served on advisory boards for major ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, Alcon, Eyetech, Pfizer, and QLT. What’s more, his research work on an anti-vascular agent as a candidate to diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration was awarded the best research project at the AUPO meeting.

A 1990 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, he completed his residency at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served as chief resident. He then went on to complete his fellowship at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He also holds a doctorate degree from the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Dr. Franklin is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, which is the largest retinal organization in the world, representing over 3,000 members in all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 59 countries. He is also board-certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology, an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists in the United States of America.

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery, which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Ophthalmologists are experts in the diseases, functions, and anatomy of the eye. They may provide routine care such as vision testing, as well as prescribe and fit eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, ophthalmologists are also surgeons. They repair traumatic injuries to the eye and perform cataract, glaucoma, and corneal surgery. 

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