Dr. William Atkinson is an exceptional optometrist, with a true humanitarian spirit. He holds degrees from Springfield College in Illinois, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and the Illinois College of Optometry, and completed an externship at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital and in pediatrics at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. He is also a member of PROPS (Professionals Referring Other Professionals) networking group and has been in practice since 1992. His previous vision center was in Woodstock, IL. His specialties include primary care optometry and specialty contact lenses, including bifocals, lenses for keratoconus and Synergeyes. Dr. Atkinson also does in-home eye care, performing examinations for patients at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and in patients’ homes as far as Woodstock. Dr. Atkinson grew up in New Berlin, Illinois, a small town outside of Springfield, where he attended Pleasant Plains High School. He has always loved physics, chemistry and biology, and being able to use all 3 to help people is the reason why, after 25 years in practice, Dr. Atkinson still says he’s excited to come to work every single day. When asked about a special patient experience he remembers, Dr. Atkinson relates: “I still remember a 30 year old patient who had never been able to comfortably wear glasses because one eye had a prescription that was so high and so different than his other eye. I successfully fit him in his first contact lenses. For the first time he could see with both eyes clearly, and he nearly began to cry. I see first-time contact lens wearers frequently, but this patient really stands out to me.” In his free time, Dr. Atkinson likes to hike, cycle, dabble in woodworking and spend time with his wife and 3 children, David (23), Jamie (21) and Carolyn (18). Dr. Atkinson and his family are active in their church, and Dr. Atkinson gives eye exams at the Family Health Partnership Clinic in Crystal Lake.