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Hattiesburg Clinic

Eye Associates - Optometry Services


Our eye doctors, Dr. Shaffer and Dr. Stringer are trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the eye or vision. General optometry services include a wide range of care, including:

  • Comprehensive eye exams include testing to determine the patient’s ability to focus the eyes, judge depth and see colors accurately. These exams also include prescriptions for eyeglasses, contact lenses and low vision aids.
  • Evaluation and treatment of visions conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.
  • Provide pre- and post-operative care for patients who are diagnosed with glaucoma, laser, refractive and cataract.
  • Removal of superficial bodies from the eye.
  • Dry eye.
  • Diabetic retinopathy.
  • Floaters and flashers.

If you need to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam, please call 601-271-2020.


For a list of common questions about eye disorders, please see below:

What is dry eye?

Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce enough tears to stay healthy and comfortable.  Normally, the eye keeps moist by producing tears at a slow and steady pace.

Some symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Stinging or burning of the eye
  • Scratchiness
  • Discomfort from contact lenses
  • Excessive irritation

Also, excessive tearing from dry eye can be a reaction to discomfort.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

When the body has high blood sugar levels, it can damage blood vessels in the retina (the nerve at the back of the eye that senses light and sends images to the brain). This damage is known as diabetic retinopathy.

What does having floaters and/or flashers mean?

Floaters are small specks or clouds you sometimes see in your field of vision. They appear most often when you are looking at a plain background. Floaters can appear in many shapes such as dots, lines and clouds.

When the vitreous rubs or pulls on the retina, you may see what looks like flashing lights or streaks. As we age, it is more common to experience flashes. Contact your ophthalmologist immediately if you notice the sudden appearance of light flashes in case the retina has been torn.

What is an astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a very common condition of the eye that causes blurred vision due to an irregularly shaped cornea (clear front cover of the eye) – or is sometimes due to the curvature of the lens inside the eye. Either of these can prevent light from focusing properly on the retina, a light-sensitive surface located at the back of the eye. This results in blurry vision from any distance.

This eye disorder usually occurs with other vision conditions like nearsightedness and farsightedness. Together these conditions are referred to refractive errors due to how the eyes react to light.

There is not a specific cause of astigmatism and is usually present at birth. Treatment for astigmatism can include two procedures: Toric and Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI).

Toric is an advanced artificial lens designed to reduce an astigmatism and may be an option for patients who are having lens exchange surgery with or without cataracts.

Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI) is a surgical process used to treat low to moderate degrees of astigmatism. LRI has emerged as a less expensive and simpler alternative to laser eye surgery.  As a result, the procedure has risen to become one of the most widely used procedures to fix cases of astigmatism as part of cataract surgery.


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    (601) 271-2020


    7148 US Hwy 98
    Hattiesburg, MS 39402


    Monday – Friday
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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    704 Fifth Street
    Collins, MS 39428
    Phone: 601-765-4414

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    Columbia, MS 39429
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    Hattiesburg, MS 39402
    Phone: 601-271-2020

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    Suite 200
    Picayune, MS 39466
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    Poplarville, MS 39470
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    1014 Rose Street
    Suite D
    Prentiss, MS 39474
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    Phone: 601-928-4412

    Eye Associates is a comprehensive ophthalmology and optometry practice offering a complete range of preventative and corrective eye care. Our eye doctors, Christopher L. Cooley, MD; and Curtis J. Shaffer, OD, are specifically trained to diagnose and treat all disorders of the eye. Services include general ophthalmology and optometry, cataract surgery, LASIK, diabetic retinopathy, astigmatism reduction, and glaucoma management/treatment. Locations served include: Hattiesburg, Collins, Columbia, Petal, Picayune, Poplarville, Prentiss, Purvis, Seminary and Wiggins.