Alaska Optometric Association Names Paul Barney, O.D. Optometrist of the Year

The Alaska Optometric Association named Dr. Paul Barney the 2016 AKOA Optometrist of Year at their annual conference in Homer, Alaska in June. Dr. Barney was recognized for his dedication, enthusiasm, leadership and hard work on behalf of Optometry in Alaska. His passion for Optometry extends beyond Alaska to the national and international Optometric community as well.

Dr. Barney, currently the Director of the Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute’s Co-Management and Surgery Center in Anchorage, Alaska and Adjunct Professor at Pacific University, is a 1984 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry. He is the chair of the Alaska Board of Examiners in Optometry.

A long time member and past president of the AKOA, he currently serves as chair of the Education Committee, a position he has held since 2001. He also serves as co-chair of the legislative committee where he helps develop and implement strategy essential to the future of Optometry.

Dr. Barney has served as the Great Western Council of Optometry’s Alaska liason for several years, including his time as GWCO President, 2014-15.

On a national level, Dr. Barney was recently appointed to the American Optometric Association’s New Technologies Committee. He is a Visionary Member of the AOA-PAC and a Federal Key Person for the AOA. He meets regularly with Alaska’s federal delegation to advocate for Optometry.

Dr. Barney has been a guest lecturer at the Ramkhamhaeng University in Bankok, Thailand since 2005.  In that capacity, he donates 2-3 weeks of his time every year to teach at the University’s Optometry program. He teaches “Applied Ocular Therapeutics” and “Diagnoses and Treatment of Anterior Segment Diseases.” He also mentors Thai Optometry students via email throughout the year.

A native of Michigan, North Dakota, Dr. Barney has lived in Alaska for many years. In his free time, he is an avid photographer and an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing and tele-skiing.