March 8, 2019

Restoring Sight Through Discoveries and Innovative Treatment

Ann Kincl

Ann Kincl

At UAMS, we offer our patients the best care through our state-of-the-art equipment and technology and doctors who are committed to providing personalized medical treatment.

Before successful treatment at UAMS, Ann Kincl was misdiagnosed by three eye doctors. Her eyelid gland malfunction caused great discomfort and pain, and she was constantly blinking.

While she was embarrassed by her inability to maintain eye contact with others, her family and friends were trying to assist her in obtaining the correct medical treatment. Other doctors performed procedures and prescribed medication, but Ann’s eyes remained uncomfortable and her vision continued to deteriorate.

Dr. Nicola Kim of the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute finally identified her eyelid disorder, putting her on a simple regimen that eased her discomfort and frequent blinking. However, the previous use of steroid medication had led Ann to rapidly develop cataracts and glaucoma, so Dr. Kim offered a new, cutting-edge technology to treat Ann’s cataracts.

Ann had two surgeries, one on each eye approximately a week apart, to correct her vision with intraocular lenses. Designed to provide enhanced image quality and a full range of vision, these new lenses offered Ann the best opportunity for a life free of glasses and contacts, and Ann was a perfect candidate for this treatment.

Following her cataract surgery, Ann has near perfect vision and no longer uses glasses or contacts. And she does not require treatment for glaucoma because she does not require the steroid medications any more. Since she is also much more comfortable physically, her quality of life has increased, and she was able to return to her work tutoring students.