Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute


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,…


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…



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