Welcome to BarKing Optical, Incorporated. BarKing Optical is a sixty five year old practice that started with the vision of Dr. Joseph Barlar. He believed that his office should be a welcoming home-spun place where patients could receive expert care, where the staff would know patients by name, and an office that would go out of its way to help someone in need. Dr. King has combined this same philosophy with state of the art technology. Therefore, when deciding to become partners we truly joined not only philosophies but our names – BARlar and KING.
Not only do we provide exams for contacts and eyeglasses, but we deal with a wide variety of vision concerns such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, eye injuries, and eye infections.
We like to think of our office as a little bit of Mayberry in a Star Wars world. Just come by our office and you will certainly feel and see the difference.
Dr. Jo Ann King
Professional affiliations include the Alabama Optometric Association, Vision America Advisory Board, and the State Board of Optometry Scholarship committee. She is also a past president of the local optometric association. Dr. King has three daughters and two rescue dogs. They all love Alabama football, soccer, Mardi Gras, traveling, and the beach.
Becky Barlar Lyons
In July 2017, Becky and Dr. King decided to become partners in the business after Dr. Barlar’s passing. In partnering with Dr. King, Becky is adamant in continuing what her father started.