Dr. James Sowinski was born and raised in Tinley Park, Illinois. He completed his undergraduate studies at Valparaiso University in Indiana and graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 2001. He went on to complete a one year residency at Newington VA Medical Center in Connecticut where he performed eye exams with heavy emphasis on ocular disease. He was also involved in supervising and teaching students in areas of primary care and ocular disease at that residency. He has been in private optometric and ophthalmologic practices in California, where he specialized in ocular disease, co-managing ophthalmologic surgical cases, and fitting contact lenses. He also restarted and performed low vision care services at the ophthalmology department in Woodland, California.
He has spoken publicly several times, including a medical review he presented at the New England College of Optometry. He is the recipient of the 2001 Lighthouse Macular Degeneration Award and VSP Award of Excellence in 2005.
Dr. Sowinski is therapeutically certified to prescribe medications for the eyes. His areas of specialty include medical diagnosis and treatment of the eyes, treating traumas and emergencies, and contact lens fittings.
Dr. Sowinski is excited to be back in the Chicagoland area and living in Manhattan with his wife, Danielle and their son and daughter. He enjoys backpacking, hiking, sports, and spending time with family and friends