Southern Eye Center enjoys a rich heritage in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and the surrounding communities it serves. For decades, the surgeons and doctors at Southern Eye Center have earned and kept the trust of countless area residents. The practice has invested in its community – serving and assisting countless individuals and organizations over the years.
A great deal of Southern Eye Center’s success is due to the efforts of its founder Lynn McMahan, MD. Dr. McMahan’s recent retirement after more than 30 years in practice offers an opportunity to look a little more closely at his outstanding career and accomplishments in the field of ophthalmology.
During the course of his career, Dr. McMahan has lectured on four continents and published more than 60 national articles in his field. He has received recognition for his work from the National Council of the American Board of Ophthalmology among others. But he is most proud of his work with Gift of Sight, an organization he founded that is dedicated to providing eye care procedures to underprivileged individuals for which he was awarded the Mississippi Governor’s Give Award and a citation from the Mississippi House of Representatives.
“I’ve tried to think of my life in another profession or job,” said Dr. McMahan, at his career celebration last month. “I really can’t imagine anything that could have given me the happiness and feeling of satisfaction that I have enjoyed as a cataract surgeon. How many jobs are there that allow you to literally change people’s lives in mere minutes with little or no discomfort? How many other jobs daily get hugs and grateful thanks not just once but several times each day? I couldn’t even come up with one.”
Dr. McMahan leaves a rich heritage of excellence, service and compassionate care that have become the hallmark of Southern Eye Center. “My career has been both exciting and rewarding,” he said. “I was privileged to be part of a team that achieved successes that we can all be proud of.”
The team at Southern Eye Center wishes Dr. McMahan all the best!
What is Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome?
Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome, or DLS, is a common, age-related condition in which the eye’s lens progressively loses its natural flexibility. Most patients begin to notice these changes around age 40, as they find themselves holding newspapers and books further away, eventually needing reading glasses to bring small print back into focus.
Diabetic macular edema, a common but potentially devastating complication of diabetic retinopathy, is a major cause of vision loss in the U.S. A new intraocular steroid device, however, shows much promise in treating this condition.
Dry eye has long been considered a condition to be treated with artificial tears, medicated eye drops and/or tear duct plugs. Ophthalmologists and corneal specialists, however, recognize it as a chronic and complicated medical condition with a multitude of causes and treatments. Left untreated, dry eye can result in irreversible damage to the eye. The symptoms of dry eye often overlap those of other conditions, making diagnosis and treatment difficult.
Southern Eye Center is pleased to announce the implementation of the low power Technis Multifocal Lens Implant at our Hattiesburg facility. This lens implant has previously been available in only one power. The new Technis Multifocal Lens implants have different options for reading power, depending upon the patient’s activities and their desired reading and working distance.
Always striving to bring the newest and most advanced technologies and treatments for LASIK, cataract, dry eye and retinal procedures to South Mississippi, the remarkable team of fellowship trained surgeons from Southern Eye Center recently attended the Society for Excellence in Eye Care (SEE), the Caribbean Eye conference in Puerto Rico.
Southern Eye Center has a long tradition of helping the Hattiesburg community. From providing relief after devastating storm Katrina, to collecting toys for children at Christmas to participating in fundraising for Breast Cancer Awareness, the team at Southern Eye Center is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Southern Eye Center’s Dr. Abumere Akinwale is a Hattiesburg retina specialist who is scheduled to speak on the topic of age-related macular degeneration on February 20. Details…