Premier Vision Center

Southern Eye Associates

Our passion for excellence and the commitment to use state-of-the-art technology has made Southern Eye Associates, and the Eye Surgery Center of Arkansas, the premier vision centers in this region of the country for over 30 years now.

About Southern Eye Associates


The only Ophthalmology practice in NEA who are all board-certified with specialists in Cataract, Glaucoma, Retina, and Refractive Medical and Surgical treatment. Seeing is Believing!

Our goal is to provide each patient with the individual attention they deserve and expect. The doctors, nurses, and technicians of Southern Eye Associates help to comprise a devoted team of experts who are skilled in all aspects of modern ophthalmology and are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain their personal best vision.


Eye Disease & Procedures


Meet Our Doctors


Meet Our Doctors


Thomas Stank, MD

Thomas M. Stank, MD is among the top experts in the nation and has more than 20 years of experience in performing the full spectrum of eye surgeries.


Matthew Margolis, DO

Matthew W. Margolis, DO is an expert in vision correction procedures and has experience in performing the full spectrum of eye surgeries, including LASIK


Josh Little, MD

Dr. Little earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.


Client Testimonial

What Patients Say About
Southern Eye Associates

Southern Eye Associates is THE place for cataract surgery. I was very impressed with my surgery results and the doctors and staff are all top notch.

Rev. Steve Evans

I have referred patients to Southern Eye for about 30 years. When I decided to have cataract surgery, I knew I would get special treatment and excellent medical care. I was not disappointed. But what I noticed was every patient was also receiving “special care.” Everyone was treated with respect and courtesy. From reception to the doctors, Southern Eye Associates really seemed to care about each patient. After the surgery, my vision was (and is) 20/20 both distance and near. I am just sorry I did not have this done several years ago. I would recommend Southern Eye to anyone wanting quality and compassionate eye care. Thanks Southern Eye for everything.

Dr. Larry D. McNamara , Optometrist , Jonesboro

I had cataracts in both eyes and astigmatism so bad in one eye that glasses could not correct it. So I turned to the experienced team at Southern Eye to fix my vision. My surgeon recommended the new Toric implants for me, which made me the recipient of a great miracle! Now I get up in the morning and do not have to reach for glasses, for the first time in 45 years. I can see things as they are and not as my old glasses let me see them. I live on Poinsett Lake and can now fully enjoy seeing the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The colors are now magnificent, bold and beautiful. I have had a great time shopping for regular sunglasses, something I had never been able to do before. After years of paying high prices for glasses, I now simply use a cheap pair of reading glasses only for super fine print. Thanks again to the wonderful surgeons and staff at Southern Eye for your kind, caring, respectful, and healing hands that have given this great miracle to me. May you all be blessed.

Kathy Plessinger , Housewife , Harrisburg

I was apprehensive at the prospect of having Toric lens implant surgery. From my perspective, the staff and surgical team did a very effective job. I received the vision I had hoped for – excellent distant and close-up vision; no more astigmatism; no future cataracts; and essentially permanent eyesight. No doubt some people think that one has to go to a city larger than Jonesboro – Little Rock or Memphis, for example – in order to receive excellent eye surgery. In my mind, Eye Surgery Center of Arkansas sets a similar standard of excellence for Jonesboro and the surrounding region. I wore glasses for 52 of my 60 years. I am thrilled at knowing that I will never have to wear glasses again. Moreover, I’m happy that the eyes I now have will be my eyes for the long term. I commend the entire staff at Eye Surgery Center of Arkansas for their professionalism, friendliness and helpfulness, and ultimately, for the skill with which they treated me as a patient and client.

Arthur Shearin , D.M.A.Harding , University Professor

I was dependent on glasses and contacts for almost 30 years when I decided to have eye surgery. I chose Southern Eye because of their excellent history & reputation as having the most experience performing refractive eye surgery. My surgeon and I decided that PRK was the best option for me and he was very thorough in preparing me so that there would be no surprises during or after surgery. The procedure was very simple and I never had any problems. My life is so much more convenient now, not having to think about broken glasses and losing contacts for playing sports or with my family. Thanks Southern Eye!

Randy Hoggard, CLU , Financial Consultant , Jonesboro

Like most patients, I had reservations concerning surgery on my eyes. I hesitated for over one year because my eyesight is crucial in my profession as a physician. I have had incredible results with LASIK under the superb skill of the doctors of Southern Eye. The entire staff at this office is far above average. My only regret is that I didn’t have this surgery sooner.

Dr. Dominique Bailey , Pediatric Physician , Jonesboro

I am in the business of helping people see better. When LASIK became available, I researched the procedure professionally and personally. Although I had been successful with contact lenses, the freedom of being able to see without them was very appealing. My successful LASIK was done in 2000. It has allowed me to share my experience with my patients and help them decide if LASIK is the right choice for them.

Since having the procedure done, I have been able to enjoy water sports without restriction of poor vision. The summer after my surgery, I obtained my lifeguard certification. I could finally trust my vision when swimming and to watch for the safety of others.

Dr. Angela Howell , Optometrist, Paragould

LASIK from Southern Eye Associates was a miracle come true for me!! I had worn glasses for 43 years before having LASIK and have been thrilled. It was very easy and painless. Now, at almost 60 years old, I still see great and I have never had a problem of any kind. I’ve recommended SEA to my family and my friends, whom all agree that LASIK will change your life for the better – Thanks Southern Eye!

Terry Wood , Radio Personality , Jonesboro