Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute

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,…

December 19, 2019

Jones Eye Institute Celebrates 40-year Career of John Shock, M.D.

Spencer Watson

John Shock, M.D., shares stories from his 40 years at UAMS with those gathered to celebrate the anniversary.

A standing-room-only crowd gathered Dec. 17, including members of the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute Advisory Board, to celebrate John Shock, M.D., and the 40 years he has given in service to UAMS. Faculty, staff, patients and others gathered to share memories of Shock’s many years of service and many accomplishments as former chair…

October 9, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Kathryn Eisele

Spencer Watson

Kathryn Eisele was surrounded by friends from her 20 years at the Jones Eye Institute at her retirement party.

Though she herself does not speak because she is hearing impaired, Kathryn Eisele’s presence spoke volumes as a valued part of the administrative team at the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute. An administrative assistant who retired in September after 20 years at UAMS, she will be missed by the coworkers who grew so…

August 29, 2019

Seminars Offer Education on Eye Health and Nutrition for Diabetes Patients

Spencer Watson

Sami Uwaydat, Cayla-Marie Jackson and Heather Vines in front of a presentation slide showing how to create a healthy, balanced plate of food.

About a dozen participants turned out for the second in a series of ongoing seminars at the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute to help educate those with diabetes about the dangers it poses to eyesight and how to eat heathier. The series featured presentations on eye damage by Heather Vines, B.S.N., RN, and…

August 12, 2019

Lions International Foundation President Visits UAMS from Korea

Spencer Watson

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson receives a donation supporting Regional Programs from Jung-Yul Choi, president of the Lions Club International Foundation.

The president of the Lions Club International Foundation visited UAMS on Aug. 5 to present an award of $61,000 to UAMS Regional Campuses, which is working with the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute to provide vision screenings to all Arkansans with diabetes. Jung-Yul Choi, of Busan, Republic of Korea, was welcomed to campus…

July 19, 2019

First Patient-Oriented Seminar on Diabetic Retinopathy and Nutrition Held at JEI

Kelly Gardner

irst Patient-Oriented Seminar on Diabetic Retinopathy and Nutrition Held at JEI

On Friday, June 14th, Heather Vines, BSN, RN, CRNO of the Jones Eye Institute presented our first patient educational seminar focusing on diabetes, eye disease, and nutrition. It was well attended and participants were very interactive with our two invited dieticians, Cayla-Marie Jackson and Andrea Tappe. The presentations centered on diabetic eye disease and the role…

April 19, 2019

New UAMS Screening Initiative Aims to Save Vision of Patients with Diabetes

Spencer Watson

Teleretinal imaging is demonstrated with a special camera. New cameras will take the screening statewide.

Patients with diabetes visiting University of Arkansas of Medical Science (UAMS) Family Medicine Clinics throughout the state will soon receive a new screening during regular doctor’s visits in an effort to save their vision. The screening is called teleretinal imaging and uses a special camera to take pictures of the retina at the back of…

February 6, 2019

Digitally Assisted System Improves Retina Surgery

Amy Widner

Surgical Technician Don Kinney demonstrates the Ngenuity 3D Visualization System during surgery.

The Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at UAMS is now using the Ngenuity 3D Visualization System for surgeries on the eye’s retina as part of its ongoing effort to harness the latest technology in the name of improving patient care. Designed for digitally assisted vitreoretinal surgery, the system makes performing these surgeries easier for…

January 22, 2019

UAMS Volunteers Provide Free Eye Exams, Glasses to Local Students

Spencer Watson

Katie Brown gives student Fily Galicia-Chavez an eye exam on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Pediatric Vision Outreach at UAMS was a day providing vision care to commemorate a visionary. Nine organizations, four UAMS departments, and two local schools united to provide the opportunity for free eye exams and glasses to students in Little Rock and the surrounding areas.

January 2, 2019

Cornea Transplant Saves Vision of NICU Doctor

Spencer Watson

David Warner gives Whit Hall an eye exam after having done a successful cornea transplant.

For Whit Hall, M.D., a constant blurring of his vision made work more difficult. The nature of the work, however, required keen vision. Hall is a neonatologist in the UAMS Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “Many of our babies are very small,” said Hall. “In order to help the babies breathe, for example, we have to…

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