Dr. Heather McBryar is a certified optometrist and a Tennessee native. She has more than 16 years of experience in the field of optometry. Her fascination with the field began at a young age with a visit to the eye doctor for a minor vision issue of her own, and later upon learning about a vision condition that ran in her family. With her son both having a vision issue and being on the autism spectrum, Dr. McBryar hit on the novel concept of combining both low vision treatment and vision therapy to achieve the best possible results for patients in need of more specialized help.
Dr. McBryar graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. She is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), a candidate for Fellowship in the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO). She has hospital privileges at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation and is a co-founder of the Chattanooga Area Low Vision Network. Additionally, she has lectured extensively on the topics of neuro-optometric rehabilitation and low vision.
Dr. McBryar is passionate about developing positive relationships and being able to help people. Her favorite part of working at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga is being able to change lives. One such unforgettable moment was when she had a little girl as a patient who had suffered meningitis and a stroke leading to double vision. Dr. McBryar did vision therapy with her and then prescribed prism glasses, and when the little girl put them on she exclaimed, “you mean I get to see like this all the time”? There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
In addition to practising optometry, Dr. McBryar loves horses and has a horse farm of her own. Another fun fact about our very own optometrist is that she received a college scholarship as a pianist. An ideal weekend would be spending time with family, especially outdoors. She enjoys listening to different kinds of music including country, oldies and 80’s music. Dr. McBryar is a fan of the University of Georgia football team.