Eye Care


March 10, 2019

Local Baseball Legend Receives New Sight

Tom Butler

Tom Butler is a legend at Junior Deputy Baseball. After 49 years of coaching, the organization named a field in his honor during a celebration of his commitment to generations of ball players. Last fall, he noticed he couldn’t see the ball clearly when pitching batting practice for his team of 9- to 12-year-olds. He got really worried…


March 8, 2019

Cornea Transplant Patient Grateful for Donor

Lisa Holt thinks about the family of her eye donor every March — National Eye Donor Month — and is grateful. “His family gave a total stranger the gift of sight. That truly is remarkable,” she said. Holt, from Lonoke, is no stranger to eye problems. She started wearing glasses in the second grade and…


Eye for the Art of Living

“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

Sharon Lee Kemp was afraid of things that go bump in the night, but it wasn’t for the usual reasons. “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…


Eye Patient Sees UAMS as Best Choice

When he was 3 years old, Clyde Snider was shot with a BB gun and lost all vision in his right eye. Later, while still a child, he began having problems with the vision in his left eye. And so began a lifelong search to find the best eye care. At age 8, Snider began…


Riding into Clear Vision

Before treatment at the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Carolyn Hopkins’ vision was so poor that she needed assistance doing ordinary tasks that most people take for granted. While she was comfortable in her home in Pine Bluff, she needed her husband’s assistance in the grocery store to find her way around the…


Comprehensive Eye Care Under One Roof

When Peggy Hundley first started having eye problems in the late 1980s, she turned to the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute. After multiple tests, she was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a vascular condition that can affect many organs, including the eyes. Hundley was puzzled by the diagnosis and began an extensive search to learn…


When the Professor Becomes the Patient

Knowing his grandmother lost her sight in the 1960s due to glaucoma, Richard Zraick, Ph.D., sought the best in eye care after he became an adult. And when he became a professor of speech-language pathology in the College of Health Related Professions at UAMS in 1997, Richard had no idea just how much he would need the…


The Drive to Maintain Independence

For senior citizens, seeing clearly is critical in maintaining independence. With a need to be able to read labels and signs, perform tasks to maintain a household and see clearly to drive, eye care services are extremely important to active retirees like James W. (“Jim”) Bell. Since Jim had watched his father go blind and subsequently suffer deep…


Cycling to Benefit the UAMS Jones Eye Institute

Living in the Natural State offers an abundance of beautiful scenery for an avid runner and cyclist like Emil Mackey. Since he is grateful to the doctors at the UAMS Jones Eye Institute for restoring the quality of his vision, Emil chaired the second annual Cycle for Sight endurance ride to help raise awareness and funding for…



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