Dr. Jim Meehan, the new ophthalmologist practicing with Western Plains Eye Associates is scheduled to speak at Friendship Meals Thursday at noon. Meehan will speak about nutrition and eye disease, particularly macular degeneration.
"I'll be talking about solutions that are very low cost and high yield," said Meehan, "meaning that a few simple changes can have a big impact on the health of your eyes."
Macular degeneration is a condition that usually affects the elderly and can result in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field because of damage to the retina.
A newcomer to Dodge City, Meehan moved here with his family in early August from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He and his wife, have four children in school here, and his oldest child is attending college in Oklahoma. Although he hasn't been here long, Meehan is already happy with the change.
"I grew up in a small town, and my wife and I wanted to raise our kids in that same environment," said Meehan, "so, about a year ago I sold my practice in Tulsa and began looking for new opportunities."
Meehan said he was very excited when the position in Dodge City became available because he's always thought that people in the midwest are the best. And so far, he said, that's held true.
After he completed medical school and an internship in internal medicine at the Oklahoma University College of Medicine, Meehan entered an ophthalmology residency ay Washington University and Barnes-Jewish hospital in St. Louis, one of the top ten ranked programs nationally.
Meehan opened his private practice in Tulsa in 2003 and while he was there he completed over 10,000 cataract and laser refractive eye surgeries with 98.8 percent of his patients seeing 20/20 or better after their treatment. He was also the first and only ophthalmologist to publish his surgical outcomes online.
In addition to all his medical training, Meehan is also an experienced emergency disaster response volunteer. He was one of the first to respond to the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. His experience during that time gave him a lifelong passion to serve others. He recently created Mission911.com to design, build and provide portable telemedicine clinics to earthquake devastated areas such as Haiti and Chile.
"I am very excited to be providing ophthalmological services to Dodge City and the surrounding areas," said Meehan.
There is no cost to see Dr. Meehan speak, but because it is part of Friendship Meals, reservations are required at least one day in advance. To make reservations contact Roxanne Hornberger at the Senior Center at (620) 338-8863 no later than 1 p.m. the day before you are planning to eat.
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What: Dr. Meehan speaking at Friendship Meals.
When: Thursday, Sept. 27 at noon.
Where: Dodge City Senior Center, 2408 Central.
Reservations: Call (620) 338-8863 by Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org