Meet Our Optometrist
Dr. Amanda Barker-Assell
Amanda Barker-Assell, O.D., founder of Sightwork Vision Therapy, is an optometrist in Denver, NC, who is passionate about changing people’s lives by improving their vision. Dr. Barker-Assell has cultivated a renowned vision therapy program that provides personalized treatments for patients with unique visual processing and oculo-motor delays.
Education & Experience
From the start of her eye care career, Dr. Barker-Assell desired to help people overcome deficiencies in their vision by offering targeted, personalized care. She began to notice a lack of options for patients who needed specialized vision therapy with diagnoses such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), strabismus (crossed eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), and other oculo-motor delays.
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Throughout her career as an optometric physician, Dr. Barker-Assell has bolstered her ability to help people surmount their unique vision delays with diverse therapy options. She received in-depth training from the Optometric Extension Foundation so she could provide her patients with trusted treatments. She also continues to learn more about new techniques, like syntonic phototherapy, to incorporate them into Sightwork’s therapy model. Dr. Barker-Assell is a caring, compassionate professional who changes her patients’ lives through personalized vision therapy, and finds great reward in doing so.
Education and Accolades
Get to Know Dr. Barker-Assell
Even when Dr. Barker-Assell is not at the office or spending time with her husband and children, she brings dedication to improving people’s vision to everything she does. She and her husband created BlindSight, Inc., a nonprofit that provides her community with the resources to help them see clearly. In addition to holding the annual Khaleda Run fundraiser — named after her eldest daughter — Blindsight also hosts children’s literacy initiatives and glasses drives where people can donate their old frames. BlindSight has also outfitted a clinic in Mafredi, Belize to provide the local people with the eye care and vision solutions they need. No matter if she’s at home with her family, organizing a nonprofit event, or in the office at Sightwork, Dr. Barker-Assell always puts others first.
“This experience has been life changing. Seeing my vision improve significantly in just a matter of 8 weeks of therapy has led to a confidence boost as well as brought on a sense of positivity in my attitude overall. Other doctors I had previously visited had let me to believe my eyes couldn’t improve and would continue to deteriorate over time. Sightwork’s vision therapy program has proved all of them wrong.”