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Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor

Phone: 312-949-7252

Why ICO?

The Illinois College of Optometry and the Illinois Eye Institute Provide the best in optometric education for students and clinical care for patients. I am fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues that are passionate about providing care for patients and inspiring students to become incredible optometrists.


Dr. Matchinski graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1995 and since her first experience with a patient that was visually impaired during her 4th year in optometry school; she knew what she would do with her optometry career.  She went on to a Vision Rehabilitation residency at the William Feinbloom Low Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  After completing her residency in 1996, she has practiced low vision rehabilitation full time.  She splits her time between The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and the Illinois College of Optometry. At the optometry school, she teaches the vision rehabilitation course and lab as well as provides care in the Rosenbloom Center.  She has a special interest in pediatric Low Vision Rehabilitation.  Dr. Matchinski is a Low Vision Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry and is currently the Chair of the low vision Diplomate program.  She has published and lectures both nationally and internationally on Low Vision Rehabilitation.  She is also active in community service with VOSH, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity.  She is the president of VOSH/International and past-president of VOSH Illinois.  She does local and international volunteer clinics throughout the year.  Outside of work, she is an avid traveler and dachshund mom.

Special Interests
Low Vision Rehabilitation, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity

BS at U of Wisconsin-River Fall

Optometry Degree,  Illinois College of Optometry

Residency program Salus University


Full time ICO, consultant at The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are blind or visually impaired

Awards and Honors

William Feinbloom Low Vision Award

Humanitarian of the Year Award Illinois College of optometry

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Optometry

American Optometric Association

Illinois Optometric Association

Illinois Parents of the Visually Impaired

Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness

National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation

Voluntary Optometry Services to Humanity Illinois

Voluntary Optometry Services to Humanity International

ASCO Low Vision Education Special Interest Group

Illinois Foundation for Eye Care


Matchinski, T. “Low Vision Systems I:  Microscopes and Magnifiers” pp.201-234 in Essentials of Low Vision Practice, ed. Richard Brilliant, O.D., F.A.A.O., Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998.

 Kammer, R, Jamara R, Kollbaum E, Matchinski, T, Flom, R. The Development of Entry Level Low Vision Rehabilitation Competencies in Optometric Education. Optometric Education 79 Volume 35, Number 3 / Summer 2010 pp 98-107.

 Matchinski, TL and Winters, JE (2016). A Comparison of Subjects’ Reading and Writing Performance and Preference While Using Various Portable Electronic Magnifiers. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 110(6), 454-460.  

Winters JE, Matchinski TL, Squier KA. Corectopia: Color vision deficiency among adults attending a vision rehabilitation clinic.  Optom Vis Perf 2017;5(3):167-73.

Winters JE, Matchinski TL, McGowan, M. Assessment of Motion Sickness Among those with Albinism. Vision Dev & Rehab 2017: 3(3):179-88.

Vezinaw, C, Elias S, Matchinski TL. Preferences and Reading Performance of People with Low Vision using a Portable Electronic Magnifier versus a Smartphone Magnification App. Optometry & Visual Performance. Ms. No. OVP-D-17-00036R2, accepted for publication 2018