McFarland Eye Care will offer free cataract screenings to new patients in conjunction with National Cataract Awareness Month.

Residents should call for appointments at these McFarland locations on the following free screening dates:

Pine Bluff – Wednesday, June 27, 3805 W. 28th Ave., 870-536-4100;

Hot Springs – Wednesday, June 20, 3604 Central Ave., 501-318-1111;

Bryant – Tuesday, June 26, 319 Bryant Ave., 501-653-2010;

Little Rock – Thursday, June 28, 17200 Chenal Parkway, 501-830-2020.

“Cataracts are the clouding of the eyes’ normally clear lenses and are the principal cause of blindness worldwide,” according to a news release.

“For people with cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb eyesight early on, but, with time, cataracts can severely interfere with vision, causing a loss of mobility and independence, and may negatively impact common functions of day to day life like driving, reading, or watching TV or using a computer,” according to the release.

“At McFarland’s, we offer the latest technology in cataract surgery which allows our seniors to keep their active lifestyles, and continue to enjoy work, hobbies and time with family,” said Dr. Evan Newbolt, M.D. at McFarland Eye Care.

Details: or 870-536-4100 at Pine Bluff.