Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute


January 25, 2021

Patient’s Need to Read Leads Him to Jones Eye Low Vision Clinic

Spencer Watson

Patient Jeremy Thornton poses with Mary Price, O.D., after an appointment in the low vision clinic at the UAMS Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute.

As a minister for the Highway 77 Church of Christ in Marion, Jeremy Thornton needs to be able to read from his Bible. So when damage to his optic nerve made the Word harder for him to read, he was devastated. “When I heard that this was a permanent problem and there wasn’t really anything…


January 11, 2021

Glaucoma Specialist Carina Torres Sanvicente, M.D., Joins UAMS Jones Eye Institute

Spencer Watson

Carina Torres Sanvicente, M.D.

Carina Torres Sanvicente, M.D., has joined the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a glaucoma specialist. “We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Sanvicente join us to contribute fellowship-trained expertise in treating our glaucoma patients,” said Paul Phillips, M.D., director of the Jones Eye Institute…


October 12, 2020

Ahmed A. Sallam, M.D., Ph.D., Invested in John W. Nutt Chair in Ophthalmology

Spencer Watson

Ahmed A. Sallam, M.D., Ph.D.

Ahmed A. Sallam, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned eye inflammation and retinal specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, has been invested with the John W. Nutt Chair in Ophthalmology. Sallam is director of the uveitis service, associate professor of ophthalmology, and director of the ophthalmology residency…


October 6, 2020

Jones Eye Videos Teach while Sharing Learning

Spencer Watson

Riley Sanders, M.D.

Making, watching and posting videos on the internet may sound like the farthest thing from work. But for Riley Sanders, M.D., a vitreoretinal surgery fellow at the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, making internet videos is helping advance the field of ophthalmology. Sanders has recently had almost a dozen videos he has made…


October 1, 2020

Ophthalmology Residents Stay Active Despite COVID Restrictions

Spencer Watson

A clip from a video by Riley Sanders, M.D., and Sami Uwaydat, M.D., featured on the American Academy of Ophthalmology website, where it's accessible to an international audience for training.

The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic closed most everything, including doctor’s offices, giving many people free time to learn new skills. Internet videos on making sourdough bread raked in viewers. But the residents in training at the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, though unable to see patients, spent their time online learning skills…


July 20, 2020

Special Lenses Help Former Gallery Owner See Color Again

Spencer Watson

Frances Sego

When Frances Sego, of Fayetteville, puts in the special contact lenses she got through seeking care at the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, “it’s like putting a new lightbulb in your eye each morning.” Plagued by complications resulting from corneal dystrophy, which causes irregularities to the clear outer layer of the eye, her…


April 27, 2020

Patient Feels Cared For Even During Complicated Treatment at Jones Eye

Spencer Watson

Gregory Buchanan smiles in the lobby of the Jones Eye Institute in Pat Walker Tower.

| Just a few months ago, Gregory Buchanan could barely make out the number of fingers being held up just a few feet in front of him. The big “E” at the top of an eye chart on the standard exam was a hopeless blur to his right eye — and that was with his…


March 26, 2020

Floater Removal Gets Patient Back on the Tennis Court

Spencer Watson

Ahmed Sallam, M.D., Ph.D., and patient Jim Winter.

Jim Winter realized something was wrong on the tennis court. “In the last three to four years, I started having difficulty seeing tennis balls on the tennis court,” said Winter, a retired emeritus research professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Winter was also having trouble working on a computer or reading books…


January 30, 2020

Students Receive Exams, Glasses from UAMS Volunteers on MLK Day

Spencer Watson

UAMS Medical Student John Musser checks the vision of a student who visited JEI on MLK Day.

More than 120 students from Little Rock and the surrounding area got a late Christmas present from volunteers at UAMS on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: the gift of clearer vision. The Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Pediatric Vision Outreach event was organized by nonprofit Rural Ophthalmology Optometry Treatment & Screening (ROOTS) and Shepherd’s…


January 24, 2020

Paul H. Phillips, M.D., Named Chair of Ophthalmology and Director of Jones Eye Institute at UAMS

Spencer Watson

Paul Phillips

Paul H. Phillips, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine and director of the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “Dr. Phillips brings exceptional strengths to his new post as a highly respected leader in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus,…



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