About Parker Cornea

Parker Cornea is the only eye center in Alabama dedicated to the treatment of corneal disease, especially the most difficult cases that often cannot be managed by other ophthalmologists.

Internationally, Parker Cornea has a reputation for performing the newest and more technically challenging procedures, designed to be safer and more effective than standard surgical techniques. Our Birmingham facility is custom-built to enable these advanced procedures, and our medical staff members work together as a team to provide the best possible medical and surgical care.

A second Birmingham location is presently under construction, with anticipated completion in August 2022.  In addition, Parker Cornea also has satellite locations in Tuscaloosa, AL, and Florence, AL.

Meet Our Doctors

John S. Parker, MD

John S. Parker completed his corneal fellowship training at the prestigious Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University before accepting a faculty position at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where he was appointed residency director.

In 1997, John established Parker Cornea in Birmingham, dedicated to the specialty care of corneal disease.  He is a pioneer in various corneal transplantation techniques, including DSEK and DMEK, and the very first American surgeon to perform both Bowman layer transplantation and corneal allogenic intrastromal ring segment (CAIRS) implantation. In the course of his international medical mission work, he performed first partial corneal transplants ever in Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian history.

Recent Scientific Articles:

Another Comment on: “Microscope-Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography-guided Drainage of Acute Corneal Hydrops in Keratoconus Combined with Suturing and Gas-aided Reattachment of Descemet Membrane”

Comment on: “Cytomegalovirus Corneal Endotheliitis After Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty”

Comment on: Purifying air over the operating field with a new mobile laminar airflow device to reduce the possibility of airborne contamination

Comment on: Five-year long-term outcomes of intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation using the manual technique

Trypan blue-assisted corneal allogenic intrastromal ring segment implantation

Dr. Jack Parker

Jack Parker, MD, PhD

Jack S. Parker is the only American ever trained at the world-famous Netherlands Institute of Innovative Ocular Surgery (NIIOS) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities in the treatment of Keratoconus and Fuchs Dystrophy and is the author of hundreds of books and scientific articles on these and related conditions.

Recent Scientific Articles:

Surgical peripheral iridotomy creation during intraocular surgery by intraocular diathermy probe-a novel technique

DMEK in Super-Seniors: Clinical Outcomes of Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty Performed in Patients ≥ 90 Years Old

Preimplantation dehydration for corneal allogenic intrastromal ring segment implantation

Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty and Bowman Layer Transplantation: An Anatomic Review and Historical Survey

Flattening the curve: manual method for corneal allogenic intrastromal ring segment implantation

Kristen Peterson, MD

Kristen Peterson graduated first in her medical school class at Emory University and completed a cornea and ocular immunology fellowship at Duke University.  She is a magnificent surgeon and especially gifted in the area of refractive cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implantation.

Why Parker Cornea?

  1. Parker Cornea specializes in treating the most difficult and complicated cases that cannot be effectively managed by other eye doctors. Your surgery will be conducted with the newest, least invasive, most advanced techniques and technologies, many of which are not available anywhere else in the world.
  2. We incorporate your existing / local doctor into your surgical team. For our patients traveling to us from other states / countries, this should enable you to receive your surgical treatment with us, then return home for all / nearly-all of your aftercare.
  3. Making an appointment with us is designed to be easy. You don’t need a referral, and you won’t have to wait weeks or months to be seen. We know that many patients have serious problems and need to be seen urgently.
  4. You are welcome to visit us in one of our satellite locations. Besides our Birmingham clinic, Parker cornea also has clinics located in Tuscaloosa, AL, and Florence, AL, which may be more convenient for some patients traveling from surrounding states.