Meet Our Optometrist
Dr. Amanda Barker-Assell

Dr. 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. Amanda Barker-Assell has cultivated a renowned vision therapy program that provides personalized treatments for patients with unique visual processing and oculo-motor delays.

Dr. Amanda Barker optometrist in Sightwork Vision Therapy Clinic

Education & Experience

From the start of her eye care career, Dr. Amanda 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.

Vision Therapy with
Dr. Amanda Barker-Assell

Throughout her career as an optometric physician, Dr. Amanda 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. Amanda Barker-Assell is a caring, compassionate professional who changes her patients’ lives through personalized vision therapy, and finds great reward in doing so.

Vision Therapy with Dr. Amanda Barker-Assell

Education and Accolades

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Get to know Dr. Barker Assell

Get to Know Dr. Amanda Barker-Assell

Even when Dr. Amanda 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. Amanda Barker-Assell always puts others first.

Success Stories

“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.”

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Google Reviews

19:43 13 Jul 22
Amazing results! My daughter's vision and school performance improved tremendously. Her confidence increased. SightWork is just amazing and the therapists are so wonderful to work with.
Josie H.Josie H.
17:50 15 Apr 22
This was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Through 6 months of vision therapy, my amazing therapist, Lauren, and doctor, Dr. Farnham, I was given the skills and strength needed to bring my vision to a place it had never been before. This took away my headaches, improved my depth perception, my reading speed went up 5 grade levels, and it helped me navigate vision during my daily life with ease. I don’t have words to describe how grateful l am! My family calls them miracle workers, and I would have to agree.
Ali HareAli Hare
20:46 18 Jan 22
My daughter is currently in 4th grade and had never read above a 1st grade level. We had worked with her 1 on 1 ourselves, gotten her tutoring, worked with her teachers, and were in the process of trying see if she had dyslexia. Nothing seemed to work. I took her to the eye dr for something else and they discovered she had accommodative insufficiency, or something like that, and we were told she needed eye therapy. I almost cried bc I was so happy to finally have answers as to why my very bright daughter could not read. Fast forward to now…we are about 1/3 of the way thru therapy and we have seen so much improvement! Even her teachers have remarked on how much she has improved. Her confidence as well as her abilities… I wish there was more awareness of this problem since it was the first I had ever heard of it, and never considered it could be something so “simple”.Now as for my review of the place itself…it’s gorgeous. Everything is set up so well, very clean, and the staff is SOOO friendly and accommodating. We will miss Ashley! But I know we are in good hands. Well worth every penny. Thanks so much!
Trevor RunyonTrevor Runyon
17:37 03 Dec 21
I found Sightwork after experiencing a brain injury in a car accident. When I started therapy, I was unable to drive, go to stores, use screens, or do much of anything. I was really struggling with my vision due to the brain injury. Everybody at Sightwork was so friendly, patient, and honest about the fact that results would take some time and effort on my part. What I found is that by committing myself to doing the exercises as many days of each week that they suggested I do them and pushing through some of the discomfort I experienced (some discomfort is to be expected in the process), that results did come and over the six months of therapy I regained my ability to drive, I can now go out more, and I’m getting my life back as it was before the accident. I highly recommend Sightwork to anybody who needs them. If you do the work, you will definitely see results. Thank you Cara and Dr. Farnham!
Damon KosofskyDamon Kosofsky
16:57 19 Oct 21
What a great experience at Sightwork. Lauren was amazing! Our 8 yr old saw incredible gains from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
Kay DentonKay Denton
19:54 12 May 21
We had an excellent experience with Sight Works! Everyone was very helpful! I got to see hands on how the exercises work and how they helped my granddaughter. She has improved 100 % and is reading really well and able to stay on task with math. She said this was a really cool place!! Thanks for all your help and encouragement’