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.