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Thank you to our patients! Eye Associates of the South won First Place as the "Best Eye Care Group" on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We were chosen in The Sun Herald newspaper’s 2014 People's Choice Awards.

There is no bigger honor than for our patients to vote us the best!

Thanks as well to the Sun Herald, which annually conducts the readers' poll. This year's winners were announced July 2014.

Eye Associates of the South provides outstanding family eye care with a personal touch!

At Eye Associates of the South, every M.D. is board certified, continuing our tradition of excellence as one of the oldest eye care practices in the region.

Our physicians and staff are specifically trained to diagnose and treat all disorders of the eye. In addition to surgical and medical intervention for eye problems, we emphasize preventive care. Our medical doctors are fellowship trained in a full spectrum of adult and pediatric specialties.

Our five ophthalmologists – Joel Knight, M.D., Rainna Bahadur, M.D., Debra LaPrad, M.D., Sprague Eustis, M.D., and Mark Brown, M.D. – are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. LaPrad is the most recent doctor to join our team.


Additionally, Kim Benigno, O.D., is an optometrist certified by the American Board of Optometry.

Eye Associates of the South has three clinics with optical shops to better serve you – in Biloxi, Ocean Springs and Gulfport. Dr. Knight and Dr. Bahadur are partners of the group.

A retina-macula specialist, Dr. Knight's areas of concentration include general eye problems and cataracts. Dr. Knight completed a fellowship in vitreous retinal disease and surgery. This includes expertise in the areas of detached retina, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Bahadur specializes in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery, including LASIK laser vision correction, dry eye syndrome, cataract surgery with lens implants, and corneal transplants. She completed a fellowship in Cornea/External Disease/Refractive Surgery.


Dr. LaPrad is a comprehensive ophthalmologist whose practice includes general ophthalmology and glaucoma. Dr. Eustis specializes in pediatric ophthalmology, disease & surgery of the eye and strabismus. Dr. Brown specializes in oculoplastics ("eye plastics") and is the only such subspecialist on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Dr. Benigno specializes in contact lens exams, including hard to fit cases, such as keratoconus and astigmatism.

When you become a patient of Eye Associates of the South, our staff will review and treat your current symptoms and pay special attention to your past eye medical history. Our aim is to make your eye care visit a pleasurable and informed experience, leaving you with better vision!

Most diagnostic procedures can be conducted in our eye center. Occasionally, exams or surgical procedures may be necessary at a hospital or outpatient surgery center. Dr. Knight, Dr. Bahadur and Dr. LaPrad perform surgeries at the Cedar Lake Surgery Center, next door to our Biloxi clinic; they also are on staff at Biloxi Regional Medical Center. Dr. Brown performs his surgeries at Biloxi Regional Medical Center. Dr. Eusits performs his surgeries at Oschner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans.


Dry Eyes
Refractive Surgery
Macular Degeneration
Cataract Lens Implants
Comprehensive Eye Exams
Contacts & Eyeglasses
Pediatric Ophthalmology
Diabetic Exams

Rainna Bahadur, M.D.
Eye Associates of the South donated LASIK laser eye surgery to three local first responders to help them be safer on the job, with better vision.

LASIK eliminated the need for Biloxi firefighter Charles Parker, Biloxi senior patrolman Robert McKeithen, and Marine Resources officer John Ladner to struggle on their jobs with glasses or contacts.

Rainna Bahadur, M.D., performed their LASIK with state-of-the-art Z-LASIK technology - using a new, blade-free Femtosecond LDV Laser. Ours is the first coast eye practice from New Orleans to Mobile to offer Z-LASIK. Nicknamed the "Ferrari of LASIK," this laser improves patients' visual results and reduces healing time.

Our affordable LASIK may be financed at 0% interest for two years with CareCredit.

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