630-690-7115

R. TRACY WILLIAMS

R. TRACY WILLIAMS O.D., 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

2016 – AOA Vision Care Award Recipient for contributions in the field of vision rehabilitation

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

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