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R. Tracy Williams, OD, F.A.A.O.

Spectrios Institute for Low Vision – Executive Director
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Loyola University
Adjunct Professor, Illinois College of Optometry

Clinic Locations:
Spectrios Institute for Low Vision at Deicke House, Wheaton, IL
Appointments: 1-630-690-7115

Education/Training:
Undergraduate School:
Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL 1971-1973
Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Costa Rica Semester 1973
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL 1973-1974
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, Bachelor of Science, Biology 1975

Graduate School:
Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science, Visual Science 1977Doctor of Optometry 1979

Externship:
Externship in Low Vision, 1978-1979 (Eleanor Faye, M.D.)
New York Lighthouse for the Blind, New York, NY

Professional Organizations:
American Academy of Ophthalmology/Low Vision Section (AAO)
American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
American Optometric Association (AOA), Chair Low Vision Rehabilitation Section (2005-2007)
Association of Educators and Researchers (AER)
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired (NAC), Board Member & Chair
Illinois Optometric Association (IOA)
AMD Alliance International, Board Member
Prevent Blindness, Board Member
Melvin Jones Fellow, Lions International
Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

Awards/Distinctions:
1983 & 1984 Outstanding Faculty Award, Illinois College of Optometry
1986-Present, Team Optometrist, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls
2001 Humanitarian Award, Illinois College of Optometry
2002 “Hod Ogden” Award, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
2002 – 2008 National Eye Institute / NEHEP Co-Chair Low Vision Committee
2003-2004 Honorary Rotarian, Rotary Club of Wheaton A.M.
2003 Elected Optometrist of the Year by the Illinois Optometric Association
2003 Excellence in Rehabilitation Award, Illinois Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
2006 Distinguished Alumni Award, Illinois College of Optometry
2006 “Mary McCann Award”, Illinois Council of the Blind
2007 Optometrist of the Year, American Optometric Association, Sports Vision Section
2012 – Distinguished Alumni Award, Willowbrook High School
2012 - present Technical Advisor, Lions International

Research Interests:
Low Vision
Visual Rehabilitation
Assistive / Adaptive Technology
Sports Vision

Mission Work:
Coban and Chichicastenango,Guatemala (5 visits)
Cap Haitien, Haiti
Tusla, Bosnia
Vellore, India
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia