“We consider ourselves blessed to be able to do something we enjoy and improve our patients’ quality of life at the same time. Cary Family Eye Care is not a chain; it is a family practice in every way. We are absolutely committed to providing state of the art eye care.”


Dr. Dwight Barnes

Dr. Dwight Barnes is originally from Wilson, NC. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002.

While in optometry school, he participated in a medical mission trip to Costa Rica where he provided eye examinations and glasses to an underserved population.

Dr. Barnes completed a residency in primary care optometry and ocular disease at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston, MA.

In addition to routine vision care, Dr. Barnes has a passion for myopia control and orthokeratology. He is certified in ortho-k treatment using several different products. Dr. Barnes has been awarded fellowship in the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (FIAOMC). This is the highest level of certification for experts in Myopia Control. He is currently the only fellow of this academy in the Triangle and one of only 124 in the world. He is the director of Cary Family Eye Care’s Myopia Control Clinic.

Dr. Barnes enjoys traveling with his family and is an avid runner. You can often see him on Saturday mornings out on the American Tobacco Trail. He is a member of 519 Church. He often can be caught singing in his office, he quotes The Office or Star Wars frequently, and he makes a mean chili.

“Our impact on patients’ lives is tangible. We rely so much on our vision in all aspects of our lives, and we have the opportunity every day to improve our patients’ quality of life.”


Dr. Kelly Barnes

Dr. Kelly Barnes is originally from Reading, Pa. She is also a graduate of Southern College in Memphis, TN with a Doctor of Optometry degree. While in optometry school, she participated in a medical mission trip to Costa Rica where she provided eye examinations and glasses to an underserved population. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Science in both Biology and Spanish from University of Scranton in Scranton, PA.

While in college she participated in a semester abroad program in Segovia, Spain.

Dr. Barnes completed her residency training at Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, MA. Dr. Barnes is currently accepting English and Spanish-speaking new patients.

Drs. Dwight and Kelly Barnes reside in Cary with their two children. Their son, Nathan, was born in 2006, and their daughter, Ella, was born in 2009. Dr. Kelly loves to read and travel in her free time. When asked what she loves most about optometry she said, “I really enjoy taking care of my patients. We opened our doors in 2008 and have been happily serving members of our surrounding communities ever since. It always amazes me to see their families grow and change. It is so rewarding to be able to offer solutions for most of my patient’s problems. It never gets old seeing a child start smiling behind the phoropter when they see what the world is supposed to look like.”


Dr. Allison Harris

Dr. Allison Harris is originally from Greensboro, NC. She attended NC State from 1979-1981. She earned an Associates degree in Opticianry from Durham Technical Institute in 1983. Her B.S. in Biology was earned from UNC Charlotte in 1986. Dr. Harris graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry/Salus University with her doctorate in 1990. She practiced in Washington, NC through December 2020.

She enjoys full scope vision care with an emphasis on medical management. She is certified in Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT). She is active in mission work with HADAC (Haitian and Dominican Assistance Corporation) establishing an eye care clinic at Monkey Jungle in Sousa, D.R.

Dr. Harris has a son, Luke who lives in Wilmington, NC, and a daughter, Sidney who lives in Ukiah, CA. She is an avid tennis/pickleball player and enjoys water sports, yoga, and traveling.