Dr. Barr received his Doctor of Optometry, Masters degree in Physiological Optics and residency certificate in Contact Lenses from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He served as research optometrist and manager of clinical and materials research for Dow Corning Ophthalmics from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1998 he served as Chief of the Contact Lens Clinical Service and from 1986 through 1996 he has been Chairman of the Clinic Committee/Chief of Optometry Clinical Services at Ohio State.
Dr. Barr is currently the Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Professional Program, member of the College's Executive Committee, Director of the NEI sponsored CLEK Photography Reading Center, Chairman for the American Academy of Optometry Cornea and Contact Lens Section, Editor of Contact Lens Spectrum, and Editor of the CLToday weekly email newsletter. He also a member of the AOA, International Society for Contact Lens Research, International Association of Contact Lens Educators, and the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators..
- Contact Lens Manufacturers Association Enhancement Award for "Unselfish dedication to the CLMA and to the contact lens industry", 2004
- Enhancement Service Award,