Southern Eye Center Make a Difference Day


Southern Eye Center holds Make A Difference Day

Surgeons performed 10 cataract removal surgeries as part of the event



The surgeries were part of the clinic’s Make A Difference Day, which was instituted about 20 years ago by Southern Eye Center founder Dr. Lynn McMahan.

“We really see it as us being a good member of this community, and the partners here at Southern Eye Center look at it like this area around us is our mission field every day of the week,” Southern Eye Center cataract specialist Dr. Kiper Nelson said.

“So instead of going to South America and Africa and doing cataracts for people who can’t get it done, we do it for the people right here.”

The program, which was originally called Gift of Sight, is intended to help patients in and around Hattiesburg who need eye surgery but are unable to afford it. After patients were referred to Southern Eye Center from optometrists and local eye care providers, the surgeries would be performed on Valentine’s Day each year.

Dr. Kiper Nelson, left, checks Wendell Minchew’s vision after cataract surgery Friday at the Hattiesburg Eye Clinic. The clinic performed free eye surgeries as a part of Make A Difference Day.

On Friday, the staff of Southern Eye Center did their part to help give back to the community by performing 10 cataract-removal surgeries free of charge.

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