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Dr. Kiper Nelson, M.D.

Southern Eye Center

1420 S. 28th Avenue
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39402

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    About Dr. Kiper Nelson

    Kiper C. Nelson, M.D. was born and raised in Yazoo City, Mississippi. He earned a degree in engineering at Ole Miss prior to completing medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. After completing a residency in ophthalmology at Wake Forest Eye Center in Winston-Salem, NC, he completed a fellowship in cataract and lens implant surgery and anterior segment surgery at Southern Eye Center in Hattiesburg.

    As a refractive cataract surgeon, Dr. Nelson focuses on helping each of his patient’s achieve their best possible visual outcome, consistent with their specific desires and interests.

    A big part of this aspect of his practice is his use of the Light Adjustable Lens. The Light Adjustable Lens is the only lens implant in the world that can be customized to meet the specific visual needs of each individual patient following their cataract procedure. As Dr. Nelson explains, “There’s simply nothing else quite like it…”


    Dr. Nelson was the first eye surgeon in Mississippi to implant a Light Adjustable Lens, and the first to offer this ground breaking technology in the state.

    In 2006, Dr. Nelson established the first stand-alone LASIK center in the Pine Belt and now offers one-visit, blade-free LASIK with the Alcon Wave Light System. He was also the first eye surgeon in Mississippi to perform blade-free laser-based cataract procedures.

    Dr. Nelson offers a full spectrum of treatment options for patients diagnosed with glaucoma, including the latest Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries (MIGS).

    Dr. Nelson serves as a board member of the by-invitation-only Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE), and he is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has served on the President’s Council of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society.

    Dr. Nelson has hosted and trained surgeons in various surgical techniques from all over the United States and internationally.


    Cataract and lens implant surgery
    Vision correction procedures, including LASIK and lens-based refractive surgery
    Medical and surgical glaucoma treatment, including Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries (MIGS) offered as stand-alone procedures and in combination with cataract removal
    General ophthalmology


    Dr. Nelson is a devoted husband and father of three wonderful adult children. Dr. Nelson and his family are active members of the Woodland Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. He is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, who enjoys gardening, wood lot management, and spending time with his family and pets.


    Medical School
    Medical School Date Completed
    University of Mississippi
    Residency Date Completed
    Wake Forest University Eye Center
    Fellowship Date Completed
    Southern Eye Center
    Professional Affiliations
    Professional Affiliations
    Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
    American Academy of Ophthalmology
    American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
    Refractive Surgeons Alliance

    Languages Spoken

    • English

    Contact Details

    Primary Office Address
    1420 S. 28th Avenue
    Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39402
    Secondary Office Address
    1923 W 10th St
    Laurel, MS, 39440-2547
    Southern Eye Center
    # 1 Sycamore
    Picayune, Mississippi, 39466