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Dr. Maria Barnes

Dr. Maria Barnes

In 1976, Dr. Barnes began her journey in optometry after earning her degree and becoming a dedicated Optometrist in the city of Bogota, Colombia. Her passion for advancing her expertise led her to Switzerland, where she spent five transformative years honing her skills and obtaining a prestigious certification in Orthoptics from the School of Medicine Ophthalmology Faculty in Geneva.


As an accomplished orthoptist, Dr. Barnes possesses a profound proficiency in conducting and interpreting a wide spectrum of diagnostic procedures, particularly in cases involving complex ophthalmological conditions. With her extensive experience, she delivers comprehensive eye examinations and offers specialized treatments for conditions like strabismus, amblyopia, binocular vision problems, and more. Over the years, she has diagnosed and successfully treated hundreds of patients in optometric practices, including university and hospital settings in Bogota, Colombia.


Dr. Barne’s passion for knowledge and her commitment to education took her to La Salle University School of Optometry in Bogotá, Colombia, where she shared her expertise by teaching orthoptics for several years. Eager to further explore the frontiers of optometry, she returned to Europe, embarking on research in prism therapy at La Riboisiere Hospital in Paris, France. Upon completion, she brought this invaluable training back home to Bogotá, where she began mentoring optometric students through internships at her office to nurture the next generation of optometry professionals.


Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence, Dr. Barnes continued to elevate her optometric career by achieving certification as an Optometric Physician in the United States. In the process, she gained a deep respect and admiration of her peers while contributing her exceptional skills to two distinguished U.S. Optometric practices. It was only a matter of time before she realized her dream of establishing her own thriving practice, which has been a beacon of excellence since its inception in 2008.


Today, Dr. Barnes stands as a shining example of dedication, expertise, and a tireless commitment to the field of optometry. Her remarkable journey from Bogota to Geneva, Paris, and across the United States is a testament to her unwavering pursuit of knowledge, her passion for patient care, and her enduring legacy as a trailblazer in the world of optometry.