Keene, New Hampshire

About Us

Meet our Doctors

About Us

About Us 

Welcome to New England EyeWorks, where we provide the highest quality eye care for patients in the Monadnock Region. Dr. Barton Higley, Dr. Nicole Leo, and our team of experts are committed to exceeding expectations and providing thorough, personalized care in a warm and friendly environment. We take the time to listen to your concerns and tailor your eye exam to your exact needs. 

We are proud to serve children, adults, and seniors, and we offer a wide range of services to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear. Whether you’re visiting for an eye exam, a contact lens fitting, pediatric eye care, dry eye treatment, or eye disease management, we will provide you with the best care possible. We use advanced technology throughout our eye care services to help us detect issues early and get a clearer picture of your eyes’ overall health. 

If you need prescription eyewear, we offer a wide selection of designer frames and the latest lens options in our Keene optical store. From prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses to children’s eyewear and sports glasses, we have something for every lifestyle and personality. Our experts can help you narrow down your choices and find the perfect pair that fits your face shape, style, and vision needs.  

Our core values 

We provide exceptional patient care in a Fun-loving atmosphere, where we are continuously Improving, Own our challenges, show Compassion always, are Upstanding contributors, and deliver Service that excels.

Improve – We value always getting better and delivering quality in everything we do.

Fun-loving – We bring a lot of fun and passion into our work.

Own it! – We take initiative and ownership of challenges we face.

Compassionate – We demonstrate care and respect in every interaction with our coworkers and patients

Upstanding – We value authenticity and seek to develop trust in our patients, coworkers, and community at large.

Service-oriented – We work to anticipate and meet the needs of our patients and coworkers. 

Barton Higley, OD


When Dr. Higley began practicing, he made it his goal to truly connect with his patients so that he could empathize with them. “As I learn more about my patients’ lives—who they are and what they do—I am able to address their eye care challenges with more care and precision, which helps improve their quality of life. That’s what eye care is really all about!”  

More about Dr. Higley, OD.

Dr. Higley believes education is a life-long endeavor when it comes to practicing optometry. It’s important for him to stay updated on the latest research, technology, and shifts in practice standards to best serve his patients. Dr. Higley received his Bachelor of Science at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and Doctor of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry. 

Dr. Higley, his wife, Kari, their two daughters, and their pup Birdie appreciate all the Monadnock Region has to offer. During his free time, he enjoys hiking with friends and family, kayaking, watching movies, playing the guitar, mountain biking, working on fitness, and playing with his daughters.    

Nicole Leo OD, FAAO


Dr. Nicole Leo first discovered her passion for optometry during college. “I was taking various biology, neuro, and perception courses. Optometry was a field I initially considered as it combined all my interests. My interest later grew during my residency, where I was able to participate in clinical research trials and in providing emergency eye care to patients. I enjoy practicing in a way that combines both the science and research behind care and applying it to patient care. I’m thrilled to be doing what I love in the Monadnock Region.” 

More about Dr. Leo OD, FAAO.

Dr. Leo, an optometrist specializing in primary care and ocular disease, graduated from optometry school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After graduating from optometry school, Dr. Leo went on to complete an ocular disease residency at Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates in Havre de Grace, MD. During her time there, she received extensive training in primary eye care, pre-operative and post-operative care, and ocular urgencies/emergencies.  

In her free time, Dr. Leo enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family. She appreciates the many trails around her home in the Monadnock Region for hiking and running.