Our Eye Doctors
Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Since maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Richard L. Barnes was born in Brinkley, AR and lived there until he was seven. He was a Magnolia High School graduate. In high school Dr. Barnes played quarterback for a state champion football team and also played for a state champion basketball team.
He attended college at Southern Arkansas University, where he received a Bachelor of Science. Dr. Barnes sparked an interest in optometry from his father who worked for the Office for the Visually Impaired. Upon receiving his BS, Dr. Barnes moved to Memphis, TN where he attended Southern College of Optometry and became a Doctor of Optometry.
He is a member of the Arkansas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. In his spare time Dr. Barnes enjoys hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, traveling, and watching his two favorite sports teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Dr. Leigh Cox grew up in Valliant, OK and graduated from Valliant High School in 1996. While furthering her education at East Central University, she developed an interest in optometry after having LASIK performed. Soon after her corrective surgery she switched her major from pharmacy to optometry and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2000. Dr. Cox received her Doctor of Optometry at Northeastern State University in 2004.
She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Arkansas Optometric Association, and the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians. In 2003 she was awarded for Clinical Excellence in GP Contact Lenses. The following year Dr. Cox received the Vistakon Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care and in 2005 she received the President’s Award from NSUCO.
Two of her favorite things include chocolate and traveling. Also in her spare time Dr. Cox enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. “There’s hardly time for anything else!”
Dr. Becky M. King grew up in Clarksville, Arkansas. When she was in the 5th grade Dr. King developed an early interest in eyes after an eye appointment, in which she recalls the amazing difference she could see with her new glasses. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2004, from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas.
Dr. King then decided to attend Southern College of Optometry, where she received her degree as a Doctor of Optometry, in 2009.
Dr. King moved back to Russellville, when she joined Visioncare Arkansas in 2009. She is active in the community and regularly donates her time to the Dardanelle Christian Association, as well as supporting the InfantSee program. In her spare time Dr. King is an avid reader and loves to travel with her family.
Dr. Celina C. Hall is a native of Sherwood, Arkansas, and graduated from Sylvan Hills. She went on to attend Arkansas State University and completed her undergraduate degree in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Hall received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Northeastern State University College of Optometry in 2010. Upon graduation, she moved to Conway and joined Visioncare Arkansas.
Dr. Hall is actively involved in her profession and a part of several optometric associations.
Dr. Hall enjoys walking her dog and watching the Lakers basketball team. To the delight of her family, Dr. Hall is a great chef.
Dr. Jennifer Stafford was born and raised in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She graduated from Harding University in Searcy where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then attended Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, OK. Dr. Stafford has had extensive training with specialty contact lenses, vision rehabilitation, ocular disease, and applications of ophthalmic lasers. She received NSU Honor Society Awards in 2011 and 2012. She also received the Dry Eye Treatment Award in 2012.
Dr. Stafford is an active member of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and National Optometry Associations.
Dr. Stafford enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking, traveling, exercising, and being outdoors with her labrador retriever!