Benefield Eye Care PC and Coastal Eye Surgery Center


Donald Benefield, M.D., Hedy Walker, O.D. and our highly skilled team welcome you. As the area’s leading ophthalmologist, Dr. Benefield specializes in the health of your eyes- but that’s not all. His comprehensive training enables our team to provide a wide range of vision services for you and for all of our valued patients. Whether it’s prescribing eyeglasses for vision correction to surgery, diagnosis and the treatment of eye diseases- Dr. Benefield and his team are ready to protect and promote your optimal visual health. Feel free to browse our website and learn more about our team, services, and our unique approach to ophthalmology. 

Here at Benefield Eye Care PC and Coastal Eye Surgery Center in Gulfport, MS – we’re proud to have earned the distinction as the area’s leading Ophthalmology and eye care specialist practice. Benefield Eye Care was voted the Best Eye Care Group on the Mississippi Gulf Coast by The Sun Herald People's Choice Awards for seven years running! 

Our state of the art facility is located in a central Gulfport location for easy access to the entire community. 

Our highly trained, experienced, and talented optometry doctors, specialize in caring for the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. 

Our List of Ophthalmology Services Includes:

  • Diabetic Eye Disease Treatment
  • Eye Exams
  • LASIK Surgery
  • Dry Eye Treatment
  • Cataract Procedures
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • RLE or Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Aesthetic Eye Procedures
  • Upper Eyelid Lifts
  • Juvederm
  • Botox
  • Eye Wear & Contact Lens
  • IPL & ResurFX Aesthetic Lasers

We also offer a wide range of attractive and high-quality eyewear options. Everything we have available is on display in our Eyewear Gallery. Please feel free to browse our selection and ask questions about options, customization, and product availability.

Our Approach to Eye Care

Here at Benefield Eye Care PC and Coastal Eye Surgery Center, we are committed to delivering personalized and compassionate ophthalmology and eye care. We do this by first and foremost listening to our patients, understanding their expectations and their needs. Our goal is to deliver the highest possible quality of eye care in accordance with your needs, your budget, and your personal preferences.

We offer the widest range of eye care services in the region. Our team will always take the time to make sure you understand your options and what each eye care service we recommend entails. This enables you to make a fully informed decision about your eye care needs and choices. 

To learn more, contact us today online or call (228) 328-0972. Our caring and knowledgeable staff are standing by, ready to answer all of your important questions.

Fax Number: (228) 328-0975

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Meet The Staff

Learn Who We Are

  • Don Benefield, M.D.

    Dr. Don Benefield, a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, founded Benefield Eye care in Gulfport 22 years ago after completing an internal medicine internship at Ochsner Medical Center and ophthalmology residency at Tulane University Medical Center. He was certified as a Physician CEO in 2017 at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. A board certified ophthalmologist, his strong belief in personalized eye heath care combined with his record as a stellar eye surgeon have built his reputation as one of the most trusted and respected practices on the Gulf Coast.

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  • Hedy Walker, O.D.

    Dr. Hedy Walker is an Optometrist who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system. Treatments include prescriptions for eyeglasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, low vision aids, dry eyes, and pharmaceutical agents for the treatment of ocular disease. 

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  • Hanna Fernandez, NP-C
    Nurse Practitioner

    Hanna Fernandez, APRN, a native of Metairie, Louisiana. She attendedcollege at Louisiana State University School of Nursing where she earnedher Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015. She went on to attend Louisiana State University’s Nursing Doctoral Program in New Orleans, where she earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2020. Hanna was awarded board certification by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Hanna has a true passion for ophthalmology. Her mother has been working in ophthalmology for over 25 years and she knew she wanted to continue the tradition. During NP school, Hanna gained 3 years of ophthalmology experience as a registered nurse. She enjoys helping those with dry eyes by creating an individualized treatment plan using advanced diagnostics and staying up to date with the latest advances in eye care. She enjoys all things skincare and is always trying and testing new things in order to provide education and bring the latest skincare advances to her patients. She performs Botox injections and is skilled in multiple lasertherapies. In her free time, Hanna enjoys spending time with her husbandand their three cats, Leopold, Katniss, and Blueberry. She enjoys yoga, hiking, and relaxing at home.


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Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Gulfport Office

Monday - Thursday:

8:30 am - 5:30 pm


8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday, Sunday:


Coastal Eye Surgery Center Office

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:

8:30 am - 4:30 pm


7:00 am - 4:30 pm


8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday:


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Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I am a former employee and a very satisfied patient.
    Dr. Don Benefield is the only surgery I trust to operate on myself, friends, and family members. I am impressed when Dr. Don Benefield and staff performed my mother, Jackie Powell's cataract surgery on both of her eyes without any complications. Dr. Don is my Favorite Ophthalmologist and most talented surgeon I've ever had the privilege of working with."
    Tomya P.
  • "I would give them more stars if Facebook gave me that option. Excellent care by knowledgeable and caring staff. Dr. Benefield is great. I was interested in having LASIK done, which I was nervous about. With Dr Benefield my surgery was completely painless and I now have better than perfect vision. And LASIK technician Sharonda was very helpful and knowledgeable pre and post surgery. Highly recommended."
    Kurt A.
  • "My family has used Dr. Benefield for 25 years. His staff is warm and courteous. He’s a great surgeon and Doctor. I recommend his clinic to everyone young and old."
    Donna C.