Dr. Aarika Menees

Dr. Menees was born in Sioux Falls, SD and raised in rural KS where she graduated first in her class.  She then went on to a six year program where she completed her undergraduate degree and doctorate of medicine in six years at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in June 2014.


Throughout her medical training she received several awards for excellence in clinical skills, medicine and teaching.  While at Mayo Clinic she received the John Dyer Award for teaching and mentorship as well as gave oral presentations at the annual meetings for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.


As well as her expertise in general Ophthalmology, Dr. Menees brings to East Texas the latest in cataract surgery techniques and in-office treatment for age-related macular degeneration and other retinal diseases, including diabetes and vascular diseases.


The majority of surgeries are performed in the newest Ophthalmic Surgery Center in Angelina County.  The Center for Sight Surgery Center is Medicare and AAAHC certified.  For convenience, the Surgery Center is adjacent to The Center for Sight Clinic in Lufkin.  Having surgery in the Surgery Center is both more convenient and cost effective.  No long hospital waits.