Williams is one of the world's leading experts on human vision and has pioneered new technologies that are improving the eyesight of people around the globe, from the legally blind to those with 20/20 vision. His laboratory developed an automated method to measure and correct the optical defects of the eye far more accurately than had been possible before. This development has improved laser refractive surgery and the design of contact lenses, and is a key technology in a camera that can take the sharpest pictures ever of the retina inside the living eye. Williams is the author of more than 100 papers and patents, a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the Tillyer Medal from the Optical Society of America, the Bressler Prize from the Jewish Guild for the Blind, the Friedenwald Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the António Champalimaud Vision Award, and he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.
Dean for Research in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Allyn Chair, Medical Optics
Director, Center for Visual Science
Professor, Optics, Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering, Brain & Cognitive Sciences
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Office: 317 Lattimore Hall / Medical Center G-4107
Telephone: (585) 276-6070 / (585) 275-8672
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Williams, D.R. (2011). Imaging single cells in the living retina. Vision Research, 51(13):1379-1396. doi: 10.1016.
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