Diane Beasley Whitaker

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief, Low Vision Rehabilitation Service
Campus mail: 4598 Hudson Building, Box_3802, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-3090

Dr. Whitaker is a board certified comprehensive optometrist with specialization in Low Vision Rehabilitation. Her experience includes low vision training at the Lighthouse for the Blind in Houston, Texas and providing low vision services at the UNC Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Whitaker also has extensive experience with refractive and cataract surgery care. She is a member of the American Optometric Association Low Vision Section and the North Carolina State Optometric Society. Dr. Whitaker is interested in research designed to measure outcomes of low vision interventions and the psychosocial aspects of visual disability.

She also collaborates in diverse areas of clinical research with specialists outside of eye care with specific interests in driver evaluation and training , visual-motor skills training in college athletes, and cognitive impairment in patients with age-related macular degeneration.

In 2015 she was named an Innovator and one of the Most Influential Women in Optical.

Education and Training

  • Texas A&M University, B.S. 1992
  • University of Houston, O.D. 1998
  • Womack Army Community Hospital, Optometry Externship, Ophthalmology