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personalities: dr.

kiper nelson

L IVING THE
DREAM
Growing up in Yazoo City, on the
edge of the Delta farmlands, Kiper
Nelson dreamed early on of
becoming a world class surgeon.

T This motivated him to work
hard, even in elementary
school. By the time he finished
high school, as Valedictorian,
he knew that his ideal surgical
exclusive engineering honor
society.
He was accepted to the
University of Mississippi
School of Medicine in Jackson
of the first day of his ophthal-
mology rotation, “Kiper knew
he had found his specialty; he
was really excited about eye
surgery.” She laughs, “It may
career would enable him to where he continued to study have been because the instru-
have an immediate impact on hard, learning as much as he ment controls reminded him of
the lives of others, so he could and deciding what surgi- his favorite arcade games from
planned to attend medical cal specialty interested him the junior high! Seriously, though,
school. Eschewing the usual most. He also settled down Kiper had worn glasses or con-
degree in pre-med, he followed domestically, marrying his tacts for most of his life, so he
in his father’s footsteps and got long-time sweetheart, Laura knew first-hand that the ability
a Bachelors of Science degree in Lee Peaster. to help others to see well could
Engineering from the During the third and fourth greatly improve the quality of
University of Mississippi. years of medical school, stu- their lives.” He also realized
While completing his engineer- dents “rotate” through the vari- that ophthalmology would give
ing degree Dr. Nelson earned ous medical specialties. Laura him the opportunity to create
membership in Tau Beta Pi, an Lee remembers that by the end meaningful patient relation-

STORY BY ANGEL MISENHELTER
PHOTOS COURTESY SOUTHERN EYE CENTER AND NELSON FAMILY PHOTOS

38 • south mississippi scene

he knew advanced technology to restore their two sons. with vision for my patients. he’d found an ideal match. welcoming Southern Eye Center. ical training programs for ophthal. Dr. Dr. but they soon He is able to use his back- tigious Wake Forest Eye Center in realized they missed their home ground in science and engineering Winston-Salem. “And fourteen Lasik center in the southern part Wake Forest’s skilled surgeons hour car trips with two tod. honed his surgical skills and start. In 2005. under the instruction of Dr.” who were born in Winston-Salem. taking pleasure in the distinct available today. of the state. Laura Lee and me that our chil. “It’s important to patients see better.” need for a modern. changes of seasons. Dr. but I can think of surgery. “I guess it’s the engi. its well-earned reputation as a After the completion of med The Nelsons enjoyed their time in state-of-the-art cataract center school and his internship in North Carolina. high-tech there. While dren know their grandparents. Lynn take an eye that is not working Laura Lee also began to practice McMahan and the other doctors at and use some of the world’s most their parenting skills. feel too far away from home!” He gery that he so enjoys. Nelson says. ed to focus his interest and efforts began to look forward to returning Nelson says. North Carolina. forging strong offering the highest level of care Jackson. gy residency program at the pres. Dr.ships as well as to perform sur. When he nothing more satisfying than to During his residency Kiper and interviewed with Dr. His vision led to his and teachers. Nelson further dlers…whew…that’s when you development of South . Nelson became convinced of the mologists nationwide. Win and Thomas. from family. Wake Forest in 2000. Nelson applied and bonds with fellow residents and and most advanced technology was accepted to the ophthalmolo. state of Mississippi and did not to improve his surgical techniques Wake Forest Eye Center was want to be at such a great distance and calculate ways to help his recently named in the top ten clin. in the field of refractive cataract to Mississippi after finishing at neer in me.

a new level. daughter ence on glasses or contacts after astigmatism).personalities: dr. Since the Dr. was born and he was hon- their cataract surgery. to Southern Eye headed a surgery practice Center. Nelson. vision for cataract patients. and per- “I feel very blessed capabilities of fine tuning form the Lasik procedure all in vision with Lasik has allowed a single office visit. he and his fellow brought many changes to cataract surgeons have spear- gave me. and to Dr. kiper nelson Mississippi’s only stand-alone Nelson has introduced to our laser and cataract surgery to Lasik center. This has to have found an us to offer our patients at allowed most of his patients to Southern Eye Center truly realize the benefits of refractive occupation that I superior vision and a world- surgery while minimizing their class experience that can not be time away from work and other love. inception of Southern Eye Lasik skills God The past nine years have Center. Nelson origi. limbal relaxing incisions (for life. After undergoing area new lens implant technol. procedure which combines ored by the Mississippi 40 • south mississippi scene . Dr. nated a technique to examine “The marriage of new lens the Lasik patient. Dr. Toric lenses and major accomplishments to his greatly reduce their depend. The year 2001 brought two patients to see better but also to Restor lens. his third child. using the matched anywhere. perform all implant technologies with our the necessary testing. Nelson both which takes cataract surgery to personally and professionally.” explains responsibilities. and the bioptics Ella. not only helping ogy such as the Crystalens. produce the best possible Lasik himself.” Hattiesburg.

pation that I love. 40 under 40 distinction. Nelson has deep roots in Hattiesburg. hood.” Refractive Surgeons — Dr. when south mississippi scene • 41 . ed family members in this area dren’s school. Dr. so he has many extend. the dog. I feel very gical societies—the American and has performed cataract sur. skills God gave me. and the American He even counts among his improve the quality of life of Society of Cataract and refractive cataract patients his my fellow Mississippians. along with Dr. our church. Dr. However. Dr. Lynn McMahan. his children’s soccer games or was nice…and I can see!” Jaime Jimenez. “We love our family Southern Eye Center’s ambula. Nelson Nelson is also a partner in South Mississippi. both of his affirms. gery on many relatives and for.Business Journal with the Top Nelson has made presentations asked about his experience. and our chil- involved in prominent eye sur. using the the Society for Excellence in mer classmates of his parents. own father-in-law who. he is more great…everything went partner in the Southern Eye often seen on the sidelines of smoothly. Actively County. he was made a country. parents grew up in Pearl River and friends here. blessed to have found an occu- Academy of Ophthalmology. Also to eye surgeons around the reports. feelings about his life in founder of the clinic. Chief of Retina walking Chester. “Kiper was during this time. the staff at the clinic Center clinic. our neighbor- tory surgery center. to help Eye Care. the family When asked to sum up his and Dr.