Spectrios Institute, formerly Deicke Center for Visual Rehabilitation, is a unique organization providing a comprehensive visual rehabilitation program that includes low vision evaluation, counseling, and instruction of daily living skills and technology use. In addition, we evaluate new methods and technologies for aiding people with low vision, and we train eye doctors in the highly specialized ﬁeld of low vision care.
Our specialized and unique vision programs serve Chicago and the western Chicago suburbs.
Unique Vision Programs
Founded in 1986 by P.K. Gieser. M.D., Spectrios Institute is a nationally accredited low vision clinic. Originally named for its major benefactors, Lois and Edwin Deicke, the Spectrios Institute has established many programs to assist individuals with low vision, including:
- Eye Tec – Our technology lab investigates and recommends reading machines, computers, software, and other assistive and adaptive low vision aids specially designed for people with low vision.
- Homecare Vision Services Program – Our outreach program provides vision care—including comprehensive exams—for adults in assisted living facilities, senior centers, and retirement communities. We also provide homecare services to individual private homes and for those who are homebound. This service is available throughout DuPage and parts of Cook and Kane Counties within Illinois.
- Seeing Is Believing – Our in-school outreach program for children with low vision promotes the use of vision-enhancing devices and low vision aids to enable them to be competitive in the classroom and to address their day-to-day challenges growing up with vision loss. This program is available throughout Illinois.
- Sight for the Road – This is our collaboration with Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, to assist people with low vision restore their driving privileges with the use of vision enhancing devices and specialized driver readiness training.
- Optometry Residency Program – We partner with the Illinois College of Optometry and the Chicago Lighthouse to train new low vision doctors every year in the ﬁeld of low vision rehabilitation and to aid research in areas related to low vision.
Spectrios Institute for Low Vision has been led since our founding by Dr. R. Tracy Williams, a recognized national leader in the ﬁeld of low vision. Dr. Williams has served in leadership positions with the National Eye Institute, the Age-Related Macular Degeneration Alliance International, the Loyola School of Medicine, the Joint Commission of Allied Health Professionals in Ophthalmology, the American Optometric Association's Low Vision Rehabilitation Section, the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired (NAC), and Prevent Blindness. He has dedicated his 30-year professional career to helping people who suﬀer from low vision.