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During this coronavirus era, we are open regular hours for returning and new patients. We have new telemedicine services, so some patients may be examined from home via video conferencing. We still stagger appointments for safe distancing. Patients and staff wear medical masks, with limited visitors in wait rooms. If you are sick or with fever, do not come in; call us first please. Take care.

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Eye Associates of the South / (228) 396-5185

Joel Knight, M.D., partner emeritus, retired in December 2019. He was a board certified ophthalmologist and the founding partner of Eye Associates of the South. He practiced general ophthalmology, specializing in cataract surgery with an emphasis in retinal disease.
Since founding our practice in 1986, Dr. Knight's goal was to provide the very best eye care and surgery to residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

A native of Jackson, Miss., Dr. Knight completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Indiana with a Degree in Chemistry, graduating with honors. He then earned his Medical Degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. He completed his internship at San Francisco General Hospital in California, followed by residency/specialty education in ophthalmology at the University of Mississippi.

His post-graduate studies included graduating from Harvard University's Basic Science of Ophthalmology Program in 1982, specializing in ophthalmology. He also completed a Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery Fellowship at the prestigious Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Knight was Board Certified in 1988. 
Dr. Knight practiced continuously in Biloxi since 1986. He practiced general ophthalmology, specializing in cataract surgery with an emphasis in retinal disease. Dr. Knight also offered specialty expertise in: retinal and vitreal problems, macular degeneration, diabetic retinal disease, retinal detachment, and vascular diseases of the retina.

He was the first ophthalmologist on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to use the Alcon Restore Presbyopic Intraocular Lens and the Acrysoft natural tinted lens implant. He also was the first ophthalmologist on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to utilize dropless cataract surgery; it replaces the need for antibiotics, steroids, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye drops before or after cataract surgery.

Dr. Knight was a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as a member of the American Society for Cataract & Refractive Surgery.

His honors included the Top Doctor Award from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the Patients' Choice Award, the Compassionate Doctor Award and the On-Time Physician Award - multiple times. All four are from national awards groups with merit based fully or in part on local patients' evaluations.

He is active in community programs and organizations, including the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs. He often donated his time to provide free eye care to underprivileged patients in foreign countries, by traveling on mission projects for his church. He resides in Ocean Springs with his wife, Sandra, and two sons, Stewart and Spencer.

We treasure every year we spent working with him!

Joel Knight, M.D.