Eye Care

Patient stories about eye care


April 27, 2016

Gravette Woman’s Sight Restored After Specialist Joins UAMS

Lee Hogan

April 27, 2016 | It had been more than 30 years since Mary Green had seen anything. She was 12 when an antibiotic caused pain in her eyes, evoking long-term issues and uncovering an underlying condition. Green was eventually diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a rare disorder that affects the skin and mucous membranes. The…


March 16, 2016

UAMS Helps Harmony Clinic Obtain Retinal Camera

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Grant Morshedi UAMS

March 3, 2016 | UAMS Glaucoma specialist Grant Morshedi, M.D., knows how important Little Rock’s Harmony Health Clinic is to those who need health care but can’t afford it. As a UAMS medical student in 2008, he worked with many others at UAMS and in the community to establish the free clinic that is staffed…


March 15, 2016

Cornea Transplant Clears Blurry, Clouded World for Patient

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David Warner Robbie Smith UAMS

Jan. 14, 2016 | Every morning, Robbie Smith, 37, gets a vivid reminder of how debilitating his eyesight used to be. Before he inserts a pair of special corrective contact lenses, “I’m only able to see a few inches from my face,” he said. At age 10, Smith, of Little Rock, was diagnosed with keratoconus,…


Cornea Donation Saves Rogers Man’s Vision

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UAMS Jim Harris Sunali Goyal

March 10, 2016 | Organ donation is an incredibly personal and tremendously impactful act of kindness, but Jim Harris already knows that on a profound level. “Without the generosity of a donor, I would have lost sight in my eye,” said the 53-year-old Rogers resident. “I am grateful my donor was thoughtful enough to make…


March 10, 2016

Cornea Donation Saves Rogers Man’s Vision

Lee Hogan

UAMS Jim Harris Sunali Goyal

March 10, 2016 | Organ donation is an incredibly personal and tremendously impactful act of kindness, but Jim Harris already knows that on a profound level. “Without the generosity of a donor, I would have lost sight in my eye,” said the 53-year-old Rogers resident. “I am grateful my donor was thoughtful enough to make…


January 14, 2016

Cornea Transplant Clears Blurry, Clouded World for Patient

Lee Hogan

David Warner Robbie Smith UAMS

Jan. 14, 2016 | Every morning, Robbie Smith, 37, gets a vivid reminder of how debilitating his eyesight used to be. Before he inserts a pair of special corrective contact lenses, “I’m only able to see a few inches from my face,” he said. At age 10, Smith, of Little Rock, was diagnosed with keratoconus,…


November 24, 2015

Corneal Transplant Lets Hensley Woman Read Again

Lee Hogan

Nov. 24, 2015 | Jamie Whitaker, of Hensley, knew her eyesight was diminishing. As someone who loved to read, Whitaker could tell she was having more difficulty making out the words. It reached the point where she had trouble reading road signs and distinguishing whether an oncoming vehicle was a truck or car. Still, she…


August 3, 2015

Eye Patient Sees UAMS as Best Choice

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When he was 3 years old, Clyde Snider was shot with a BB gun and lost all vision in his right eye.


Eye for the Art of Living

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“E-V-O-T-Z-2,” said 14-year-old Ryan Longood, reading from an eye chart, during a post-operation check-up with John David Pemberton, D.O., an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “Good, very good,” said Pemberton, who is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, specializing in plastic surgery of…


Advanced Lens Gives Patients with Astigmatism New Look on Life

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“For as long as I can remember, I was terribly nearsighted. I was the kindergarten student with the heavy, thick glasses falling off my nose. I was 10 years old when I got my first pair of contact lenses, but I couldn’t sleep in them. At Girl Scout Camp, I put my glasses in the…



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