Eye surgery clinic embraces "Make a Difference Day"

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The physicians and staff at Southern Eye Center performed free cataract surgeries Wednesday morning as part of the annual, "Make a Difference Day."

About 10 procedures were done for patients who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

55-year-old Eric Crandall of the Rose Hill Community in Jasper County was among the lucky patients to have the surgery.

"I think it's a great thing that they're doing," Crandall said. "Right now, I've been out of work because of this. I can't even see to drive and so, it's going to help turn things around and it's just a blessing, it really is," he said.

"It's my favorite day of the year," said Dr. Kiper C. Nelson, a cataract surgeon who performed Crandall's surgery. "The letters that I've gotten back and just the hugs I get from these people and the testimonials they give me, as far as the positive impact we've been able to make on their lives is really heart-touching and it's fun," Nelson said.

The clinic has been offering the free surgeries for several years.

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