From the Doctor

Preventing Vision Loss From Diabetic Eye Disease

With the epidemic of obesity in the United States, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is expected to rise dramatically in the next decade.  Unfortunately, with that diagnosis comes the potential for many complications, including vision loss and even blindness.

Diabetic eye disease is a major problem in the U.S. and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults.  Most patients understand that diabetes can increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, but many aren’t aware of the devastating impact it can have on eyesight.

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Blade Free Astigmatism Correction

Cataract Surgeon is the First in Mississippi to correct Astigmatism with Laser Acurate Incisions

Kiper C. Nelson, M.D., a fellowship-trained cataract and implant surgeon at Southern Eye Center is the first in Mississippi to use a femtosecond laser to perform arcuate incisions for the correction of astigmatism as part of the blade-free cataract procedure.

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Southern Eye Center Celebrates 35 Years

Thirty-five years ago, the citizens of Hattiesburg frequently had to travel out of town to receive specialized eye care. Dr. Lynn McMahan, the founder of Southern Eye Center, was determined to change that for his hometown. He pursued advanced training in ophthalmology and, upon returning to the Pine Belt, he began to construct a state-of-the-art facility to house the multi-specialty eye surgeons he planned to bring into his practice.

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The Gift of Sight

For over 30 years, the surgeons of Southern Eye Center have been giving back to the community through their annual Gift of Sight program. This program has given needy patients the opportunity to have medically necessary eye procedures and has restored vision to hundreds of patients.  On February 15, 2012, Dr. Kiper Nelson continues the tradition.

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