Free Conference Nov. 6 on Eye Care in Developing Countries

By Nate Hinkel

The public is invited to attend the free event from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 on the 12th floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute on the UAMS campus. Free parking is provided in the Parking 3 deck next to the Stephens Spine building.

“This is an important event as not everyone in the world enjoys the luxuries of the top-notch eye care that is provided in this country,” said Larry Boyd Nutt, R.N., the organizer of the event, who has spent numerous care missions in developing countries. “The goal is to show the importance of these outreach efforts and get more people involved in giving their time and expertise.”

Two renowned international eye experts will be the keynote speakers to lead the event, including Geoff Tabin, M.D., and Larry Schwab, M.D.

Tabin founded the Himalayan Cataract Project in Nepal in 1995 to provide cataract surgery and other high-quality, low-cost eye care to people in unserved areas who are blinded by cataracts. The Himalayan Cataract Project has become a leader in international health care innovation, based on its unrivaled model for eye care for the developing world.

Schwab, an ophthalmologist who has specialized in tropical medicine, has conducted eye care research in Asia and Africa and travels as a consultant, lecturer and practitioner. His book, “Eye Care in the Developing Nations,” is the eye health worker’s guide to delivering services to low-resource populations.

Guests are asked contact Anna Latta at (501) 526-6000, ext. 2600 or by e-mail at to reserve a seat.

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